(CNSNews.com) – Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas released a video and a written statement on Wednesday expressing his grief over the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and assuring the victims and their families that he was praying for them.
“Our prayers are with all of you,” he said in a video statement.
“We grieve with the families and loved ones of those whose lives were lost in Uvalde, Texas, yesterday. We pray for the swift and full recovery of those who suffered injuries,” he said.
“We stand in awe of the courageous law enforcement officers, including members of our United States Border Patrol, who ran into danger at such great personal risk and saved many children’s lives,” Mayorkas said. “They bring honor to law enforcement and to us all. This is what they do every single day. This is who they are.
“We offer our support for all who are suffering. We have resources available for you. And, please, take care of one another,” he said. “Our prayers are with all of you.”
“No words can come close to comforting the families of those lost in Uvalde yesterday. We at the Department of Homeland Security are horrified by this callous act of violence. We grieve for the families and loved ones of the children and teachers lost, and with the people of the community of Uvalde. We are hopeful for the full and fast recovery of those who suffered injuries.
“We are grateful for the courageous members of our Border Patrol, many of whom are part of the Uvalde and surrounding communities, who immediately responded to the scene along with local and state law enforcement. Without hesitation, they put themselves between the shooter and students to end the bloodshed and administer medical aid. Without question, their heroism yesterday saved lives. A Border Patrol Agent was injured in the crossfire yesterday and we know the loss and trauma from this tragedy will continue to impact many other CBP families for a long time to come.
“The Department will continue coordinating with federal, state, and local partners and offering our full support to the Uvalde community. As we pray for the families and loved ones and recognize the bravery of frontline law enforcement personnel, we must redouble our collective efforts to make our communities safer.”
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