Alexander Statement on Today’s “Tragic and Senseless” Murder of Four Marines in Chattanooga

Posted on July 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, July 16 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement this evening:

“I am saddened by the news that four Marines lost their lives today in the service of their country. My thoughts and prayers are with their families, loved ones, and the Chattanooga community. I have continued to be in touch with local, state, and military leaders, and I eagerly await the results of their investigation into today's tragic and senseless murders.”

Earlier this afternoon, prior to confirmation of the four Marines’ deaths, Alexander spoke on the Senate floor about the breaking news.

“Today, between 10:00 and 11:00 there was a violent attack in Chattanooga, where Senator Corker was once mayor,” Alexander said, motioning to Corker, who joined him on the Senate floor to make a statement on the developing news. “Right now, federal, state, and local officials are responding in Tennessee. I’m deeply disturbed by the reports. We understand a shooting took place at the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, and a police officer has been injured. We understand other individuals at the Naval Reserve Center may have been injured as well. Many schools and local hospitals are locked down. I’ve been in touch with federal, state, and local officials and will continue to monitor the situation closely. My thoughts and prayers are with all involved.”

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