President Obama’s Statement on the Tragic Shooting in Charleston

220px-President_Barack_ObamaRecently, President Obama addressed the tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina where a gunman open fired at the Emanuel AME Church, killing nine people.

President Obama stated “hate has once again been let loose in an American community. And the senseless actions of a coward have once again cut short so many lives with so much promise.”

Speaking of the lives lost, the President said “our hearts ache with sorrow with the entire Emanuel AME Church family as they seek solace and comfort in the shadow of a gunman’s act of pure evil and hatred. Our love and prayers are with them.”

The President pledged the nation’s unwavering support for the Charleston community and the state of South Carolina, stating “all of Charleston’s heart bleeds today—but the overwhelming display of unity will bring forth the city’s healing. We will never forget those innocent souls who lost their lives. We will be there with all the strength and support and prayers we can offer to the families who now grieve. And as a nation we will come together.”