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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Virginia flags lowered for Arizona shooting victims

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has ordered U.S. and Virginia flags be flown at half-staff at all local, state and federal buildings in the state in honor of the victim's in Saturday's deadly shooting in Arizona.

Flags will remain lowered until sunset Friday pursuant to President Obama's proclamation.

"The Governor is deeply saddened by the news coming from Arizona,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said. "His thoughts and prayers are with the Congresswoman, her staff, the other victims, and all their friends and families."

Meanwhile, statements from Virginia officials keep pouring. See below for a sampling:

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.):
"I am shocked by this senseless violence in Arizona, and my thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted by this awful event. As we learn more about the circumstances of the shooting, we should pray for the victims and their families and urge a return to civility and mutual respect for one another in our nation's politics."

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va):
"My thoughts and prayers go out today to those affected by the horrific mass shooting in Tucson. We pray for their safety and health as many are in critical condition, including my colleague Gabrielle Giffords. I also want to extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims. As Americans, we must condemn such a senseless attack on our democracy and wish for peace and justice for all involved."

U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.):
"I am horrified to learn of the tragic attack on my colleague, Representative Gabrielle Giffords as well as members of her staff and others, who were shot during a meeting with constituents outside of a local grocery store in Arizona. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have had the privilege of working with Representative Giffords on a range of issues related to ensuring that our nation's military remains the finest military in the world. She and her family remain in my prayers as details of this senseless act unfold. This is a tragic day for our nation."

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.):
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and staff of those individuals who were killed or injured in the shootings. My heart goes out to the families of those who lost loved ones in this senseless act and I am praying for a speedy recovery of the injured."

U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va):
"While I have not had the chance to get to know Congresswoman Giffords, I was deeply saddened by yesterday's vicious attack on the Congresswoman and her staff in Arizona. The fact that she was fulfilling her congressional duties by serving her constituents makes yesterday's event all the more tragic. As Speaker Boehner said, 'An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve.' My continued thoughts and prayers go out to Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, those who were injured and the families of those who lost loved ones in this tragic event."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va):
"Our nation was shocked by the tragedy in Arizona earlier today. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and others became the victims of a senseless act of violence. Congresswoman Giffords serves Arizona's 8th District with distinction and thoughtful leadership, and it is horrifying that she was exposed to such violence at an event designed to reach the people she represents. I couldn't agree more with Speaker Boehner, who earlier said that, 'an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve.' Along with our nation, this institution has suffered a horrible tragedy. We are saddened, mourn those who lost their lives, and stand together in hopeful prayer for the recovery of the victims and their families.

U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va):
"I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic shootings of Representative Giffords, members of her staff, and other victims in Tucson, Arizona today. Our prayers are with Representative Giffords and her family, her staff, and all of the victims who were affected by this horrific act of violence that has absolutely no place in our society."

Brian Moran, Democratic Party of Virginia chairman:
"On behalf of the Democratic Party of Virginia I would like to express my profound hea rtbreak over yesterday's senseless shootings in Arizona. The thoughts and prayers of millions of Virginians and Americans are with the victims and their families today as we take stock of this depraved act and hope that those who committed it will be brought to justice. This incident has raised questions about the tone of our political discourse, and while we should refrain from casting blame where it does not belong, this tragedy should be a reminder to all of us that violence, or rhetoric that encourages it, have no place in our politics."

By Anita Kumar  | January 10, 2011; 10:41 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Barack Obama, Brian J. Moran, Eric Cantor, Frank R. Wolf, Mark Warner, Morgan Griffith, Rob Wittman, Robert F. McDonnell, Robert Hurt  
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