Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and United States Congressional Representative to the United Nations released the following statement regarding the death of Bassel Al Shahade, a Syracuse University graduate student killed in Syria.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Bassel's family, friends, and the entire Syracuse University community. Bassel was a courageous individual who was determined to shed light on the travesties taking place in his homeland of Syria.
"The ongoing violence in Syria is deeply disturbing. In addition to Bassel, thousands of innocent Syrians have died as citizens have risen up in protest to Assad's regime -- a regime that has consistently proven to be anti-democratic and oppressive. This situation continues to be a great cause for concern around the globe, from a security as well as a humanitarian perspective. The international community should be outraged at this continued violence."
Shahade, a 28-year-old from Damascus, was a Fulbright Scholar pursuing a master of fine arts in film degree at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. He was killed Monday in the embattled city of Homs while filming the ongoing violence in his homeland.