President Trump, “America Is a Nation in Mourning”
Wednesday, US President Donald Trump praised Las Vegas police, 1st responders, hospital staffers, civilian heroes, for their work after Sunday’s shooting rampage that killed 59 people and injured 527 others, saying that “America is truly a nation in mourning.”
“In the depths of horror we will always find hope,” Presicent Trump said at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, flanked by officers, First Lady Melania Trump, and state, local and federal legislators. “This mass murder fills America’s heart with grief.
“Many families tonight will go to bed in a world that is suddenly empty. The people they so dearly love were torn away from them forever.
“Our souls are stricken with grief for every American who lost a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, a son or a daughter,” Trump said. “We know that your sorrow feels endless.
“We stand together to help you carry your pain.
“You are not alone. We will never leave your side.
“We struggle for the words to explain to our children how such evil can exist, how there can be such cruelty and suffering,” the president said.
“But we cannot be defined by the evil that threatens us or the violence that insights such terror.
“We are defined by our love and courage,” he said. “In the darkest moments, what shines most brightly is the goodness that thrives in the hearts of our people.
“That goodness is our lighthouse and our solace is knowledge that the souls of those who passed are now at peace in heaven.”
Stephen Paddock’s 9-minute hail of gunfire from his 32nd-floor suite in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino rained down on 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Mr. Paddock, 64 anni, of Mesquite, Nevada, fatally shot himself as police closed in on his room.
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