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Gov. Mapp Extends Condolences To Orlando After Mass Shooting Leaves 50 Dead

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CHRISTIANSTED — Gov. Kenneth Mapp extended his condolences to the people of Orlando after a mass shooting that left 50 dead and 53 injured.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the good people of the City of Orlando following the senseless tragedy that occurred there today,” Mapp said. “Orlando is a city where many Virgin Islanders reside. Many young Virgin Islanders are attending school and pursuing careers in the City, while many of our seniors have relocated there to gain full access to their Medicare benefits at assisted living facilities and in-home medical services.”

Mapp said that he personally has “family and friends who live and work in Orlando and the Central Florida area.”

“The terrorist act today is affecting many Americans, including Virgin Islanders living in Orlando and our territory,” he said. “Let us say a prayer for them in this most difficult and painful moment.”

Mapp said he joins “President Obama and order that all flags flown on local government facilities shall be immediately flown at half-staff until sunset, June 16, 2016, in memory of the victims of this brutal massacre.”

“As we work toward making the Virgin Islands a safer community, we must be mindful that tragedies such as this can occur anywhere in our nation, including our beautiful Virgin Islands,” the governor said. “Each of us must take on a personal responsibility to speak up, say something and take action when we notice any potential danger. A silent witness against any crime is often the most dangerous ally that puts many of us in harms way. If you see something, say something.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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