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Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the Tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee

July 22, 2015

On behalf of the City of Atlanta, I want to express my deepest sympathy for the four Marines and one sailor who lost their lives to a senseless act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, and we offer our gratitude to the first responders who helped to save the lives of so many others. Out of respect for the victims of the shooting on July 16, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I hereby order that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff at all City of Atlanta public buildings and grounds until sunset, July 30, 2015.

On the Tragedy In Charleston

June 18, 2015

I am deeply saddened by the violent act of hatred which took place in Charleston, South Carolina, last night. My prayers, my condolences and my heart go out to the victims and their families.

Emanuel AME Church has great significance for the Civil Rights Movement and African-Americans throughout the South. For generations, brave women and men have gathered, organized, and advocated to end slavery and to win recognition of their rights as American citizens in this church. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Emanuel AME Church in 1962. The people of Atlanta share in the grief brought by this senseless loss of life in a sacred space.

Hatred prompted this act, but we must respond with love. The City of Atlanta offers its full support to the people of Charleston, South Carolina, in the wake of this tragedy. May God bless and watch over us in this time of great sadness.