SALT LAKE CITY June 12, 2016 – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement about the tragic shootings that occurred overnight in Orlando, Florida:
“We are shocked and profoundly saddened by the tragedy of today’s shooting in Orlando. We express our deepest sympathies to those who have lost family and friends in this despicable act of terror and cowardice.
“Regardless of whether this massacre of innocent lives was motivated by radical terrorist ideology, hatred toward the LGBTQ community or any other reason, it was a monstrous act that we denounce in every respect.
“As a caution, we cannot allow this horror to fuel reactive and displaced blame toward peaceful and law-abiding Muslim members of our communities. Rather, we should rally together as Americans and as human beings to unitedly offer our prayers and support for families of victims. With one voice, we must loudly decry violence and hatred toward fellow human beings of any race, religion or sexual orientation.
“My office has offered, if it is needed, the full resources of the Utah Attorney General’s investigative division to help our law enforcement colleagues in Florida.”