Shooting reaction: Senseless, tragic UPDATED

04/14/2014 2:10 PM

04/14/2014 2:10 PM

Local members of Congress are issuing statements regarding Sunday’s shootings in Overland Park and Leawood.

UPDATE: Rep.

Emanuel Cleaver

, D-Mo.: “My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and friends of those shot and killed yesterday in the senseless, horrendous, and hate-filled targeting of children and seniors, simply because of their faith.

“The Kansas City Metropolitan area will stand united, and grow deeper in our strength and respect for one another, in the face of this apparent anti-Semitic attack.

“My hope is that all of those touched by this unspeakable tragedy, will feel the arms of our entire community — reaching out and pulling them close. That they will feel the love of our embrace, and be comforted by the knowledge that together, we renew our rejection of bigotry and rededicate ourselves to the fight for freedom and for faith.”

Rep.

Kevin Yoder

, R-Ks.: “I’m heartbroken to learn of the senseless shootings (Sunday) afternoon at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park and Leawood. Brooke and I send our prayers and thoughts to the families and victims of this tragedy and our office stands ready to provide any needed assistance.”

Rep.

Sam Graves

, R-Mo.: “News of such senseless acts of violence is truly devastating. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, as well as the Jewish community and its leaders. This is a difficult time for our area, and I cannot begin to understand what kind of profound sorrow is being felt by those family members and loved ones faced with this tragic loss.”

Sen.

Roy Blunt

, R-Mo.: “I recently met with a number of Jewish leaders in the Kansas City region to talk about their good work to help the community. My thoughts are with the victims and their families who have been impacted by this tragedy.”

Sen.

Jerry Moran, R-Ks.: “I am shocked and sickened by the violence that occurred in Overland Park and Leawood (Sunday). Kansas is a place where every person of every kind should be safe from violence or persecution. My deepest regrets are with the victims’ loved ones and my thoughts are with the entire community, which has had its sense of comfort and safety threatened by today’s events. I join all Kansans in proclaiming that these horrific acts of violence have absolutely no place in our communities, our state or our country.”

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