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Rep. Clarke statement on mass shooting in Orlando, Florida

Washington, D.C.  — Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) issued the following statement on the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida early this morning: 

“On behalf of the people of the 9th District of NY, I'd like to express my most profound and heartfelt condolences on the tragic and senseless killing of innocent lives at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida. 

My thoughts and prayers are with the LBGTQ and Greater community of Orlando, Florida due to the shooting rampage early this morning when at least 50 people were killed and 53 people wounded. In total over 100 people shot in the early morning hours of this day, 11 of which includes officers who put their lives in harm’s way to save more than 30 hostages.  

I ask that you join me in praying for the victims, their families and those that were injured in this senseless act of hatred and inhumanity.

I commend the ​Orlando law enforcement officers who stopped the shooter, and who without a doubt saved 30 lives that were held hostage by the assailant. 

I commend ​Florida's elected leaders​, President Barack Obama ​and his administration for their swift action, response and support in aid to those in need.

As we continue to receive reports of exactly what has transpired in Orlando, Florida this morning, let us all, people of good will, resolve to stand united against violence, hatred and bigotry. Let us stand together for the sake of us all. Hatred never wins, Love Conquers all.”