June 18, 2015

Watson Coleman Statement on Charleston, SC Shooting

For Immediate Release:

Washington, DC (June 18, 2015) ― Today, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) issued the following statement on the tragic deaths of nine individuals at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC:

“My heart is heavy this morning with the knowledge that nine people, who had gathered to worship and immerse themselves in God’s word, were viciously murdered last night in Charleston, within the walls of one of our nation’s most historic African American churches.  

“Senseless tragedies like this are impossible to understand, and the few details that have emerged thus far suggest that this shooting was of the most despicable variety imaginable.  Events like these shake us to our cores. As a nation, we mourn these deaths and call for justice as one.

“I pray for peace and solace for the victims’ families, and urge others to do the same.  As scripture tells us, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  We have found ourselves in the dark of the night, but morning shall come. ”