Columbia, S.C. — South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore today issued a statement following last night’s tragic shooting of nine South Carolinians in Charleston including Democratic State Senator Clementa Pinckney:
“Today is undoubtedly one of the saddest days in our state’s history. Our hearts ache for the friends and families of State Senator Clementa Pinckney and the eight others who were senselessly murdered. We lift them up in prayer as well as the congregation of Emanuel AME church.
“”Emanuel’ literally means ‘God is with us.’ We know that He is with the victims and congregation at Emanuel – and that as the Apostle Matthew said, ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
“It is unfathomable that a person could walk into the Lord’s house and take nine innocent lives. Despite this senseless act of violence, I hope people of all faiths will continue to find refuge in their houses of worship.
“We also pray for justice for each victims’ family, and thank the emergency and law enforcement officers who so capably responded to help.”