Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, took to the Senate Floor to offer his condolences to the victims, families, and community victimized by the shooting last week in Charleston, South Carolina, and condemned the killings as “heinous.”
Hatch’s full remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:
Mme. President, I wish to extend my most heartfelt condolences to our friends in Charleston, South Carolina. Last week, we witnessed an unspeakable tragedy with the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church. This heinous act has left families reeling and a nation in disbelief. Words can little console, nor can they heal the hearts of those who have lost. Still, I wish to say just a few words to the neighbors, families, and friends who have suffered most: Know that your nation suffers with you. You are in our thoughts, just as you are in our prayers. May you feel peace in love, may you find healing in God, and may the shooter be swiftly brought to justice.