Like so many in our community, I am deeply shaken by the killing of George Floyd. This horrific incident has re-opened deep, unhealed wounds that have been part of our nation’s history for centuries and continue to this day.

I commend our local Black Lives Matter group for organizing a funeral procession to pay tribute to Mr. Floyd’s memory and shine light on the deeper meanings his death evokes.

I know our police will do their part to ensure that tonight’s vigil is a safe and meaningful occasion for all.

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Let us honor George Floyd by finding new ways to engage in honest, productive communication about the feelings and issues his death and his legacy reveal.

I plan to reach out to various individuals and groups in the days ahead to assist in promoting the mutual understanding that’s needed for all of us to move forward in positive ways.

May God bless us all.