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Florida politicians issue statements on Monday's Va. Tech shootings



Statements from members of Florida's Congressional delegation concerning Monday's shooting rampage in Blacksburg, Va.:

Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor:

‘Like all Americans, I am shocked and deeply saddened by this horrific event.  This tragedy will not only be mourned by those in the small university town, but by all Americans.  Although all of the details of this brutal act of violence are still unavailable, we do know that this was the worst shooting in U.S. history. Unfortunately, many of our nations brightest have been taken from us.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the loved ones who were killed or injured in this senseless act of violence. My God be with them during their time of need.”

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Miami:
“We will never forget this tragic day, April 16, 2007.  At this ultimately difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with the members of the entire Virginia Tech community, and especially with the families and the loved ones of all those who have tragically lost their lives in the senseless and condemnable violence of today.”

U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, R-Fla:
“I am greatly saddened by the horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech.  This incomprehensible act of violence has affected countless families and robbed many young people of what ought to be among the happiest times of their lives. I speak for all Floridians when I say our thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and family members of the Virginia Tech community.”

Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Bartow:
“This tragic day in Blacksburg will be burned into memory for a long time to come. From what we know so far, we have lost many bright young minds at the hands of a deranged individual who senselessly violated the sanctuary of the Virginia Tech campus. Our thoughts and prayers this afternoon are with all the members of the Virginia Tech community, most especially the loved ones of those who have been taken from us too soon and so tragically.”

Compiled by staff writer Anita Kumar

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:43pm]


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