The word "tragedy" is used often these days, but it is difficult to think of a more truly tragic turn of events than what occurred in Newtown, Connecticut earlier today.
On behalf of all the people of Rhode Island, our most sincere condolences and sympathy are with the families of the victims of this horrendous crime.
Colonel O'Donnell of the State Police and Secretary Costantino of the Office of Health and Human Services have reached out to Connecticut public safety officials to offer the full support and services of the State of Rhode Island. We will assist in any way possible to help the people of our neighboring state during this unthinkably trying time.
We are taught, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." As the families of today's many innocent victims mourn this senseless loss of life, the thoughts and prayers of the people of Rhode Island and the people of our nation are with them -- and will remain with them. It is my hope that they are able to find some small measure of comfort in the many fine memories of their loved ones that were made before this terrible day.