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VIDEO: Upton Leads Moment of Silence on House Floor for Kalamazoo

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Washington, February 23, 2016 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202 225 3761/269-385-0039) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph today led a moment of silence before the U.S. House of Representatives for the community of Kalamazoo, which is recovering from a horrific shooting spree that occurred over the weekend. Upton was joined by members of the Michigan House Delegation.

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Full remarks below:

Mr. Speaker, it is with deep sadness that I ask for Unanimous Consent to address the House.

Michigan has had some tough times lately – Flint and now Kalamazoo, which was rocked this past weekend by terrible random acts of violence.

And so I rise today to offer support and encouragement for the victims’ friends and family. We should continue to keep them in our hearts, and in our minds. I also want to thank the countless folks on the front lines who helped prevent this tragedy from being even worse. The swift actions of those on the ground deserve to be commended – particularly the Kalamazoo Sheriff’s Department led by Sheriff Richard Fuller, Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley and Mayor Bobby Hopewell.

I ask my colleagues and those who hear this message across the country to pray for the families of the six victims, and the recovery of the two injured, including 14-year-old Abigail Kopf of Battle Creek who is fighting for her life, and Tiana Carruthers of Richland Township, who put herself in front of two children and was shot multiple times.

It’s heartbreaking but we know that our Kalamazoo community can and will recover from this tragedy. But we will never forget what happened. We remember the lives of Mary Lou Nye of Baroda, Mary Jo Nye, Dorothy Brown, and Barbara Hawthorne of Battle Creek, and Tyler Smith and his dad Richard Smith of Mattawan.

This tragedy will not define us, it will not divide us, and it will not defeat us. We are Kalamazoo.

With that, I ask that the House pause for a moment of silence in honor of those impacted by the tragic events in Kalamazoo.

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