CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield Responds to Shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Representative G. K. Butterfield, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), issued the following statement in response to the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina:

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the tragic shooting that took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Emanuel AME has long stood as a place of refuge in times of distress and comfort in times of sorrow.  It is where congregants joined together to worship, celebrate and find peace.  It is difficult to comprehend that a house of worship known for joy and tolerance could become a scene of hate and tragedy.

“My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences are with the families of the nine parishioners who lost their lives to cowardly and despicable violence.  Last night’s shooting is inexcusable, senseless and will not be tolerated in our country.  I ask that we come together in prayer for the victims’ families and the entire Charleston community, and hope that the swift pursuit of justice will provide some comfort in this time of unimaginable grief.”

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