Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor after observing a moment of silence to reflect on last week’s shooting in Colorado. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
This afternoon the Senate pauses to remember those killed in last week’s horrific shooting in Colorado.
Among the dead was 26-year-old Jonathan Blunk – a graduate of Hug High School in Reno, a Navy veteran and a father of two.
My heart goes out to his loved ones, and to all the victims and their families, as they struggle to make sense of the senseless.
We may never know the motivations behind this terrible crime, or understand why anyone would target so many innocent people.
Friday’s events were a reminder that nothing in this world is certain, and that life is precious and short.
Today we pause to mourn the dead, but also to honor how they lived.
And we pledge our support to the people of Aurora, Colorado both as they grieve and as they begin to heal from this terrible tragedy.