Washington, D.C. – Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement on behalf of the board of directors and staff of the organization following the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado:

We grieve for those who lost their lives in Aurora, Colorado, today, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured along with the families and friends of all affected. One of the enduring strengths of our nation is our ability, regardless of faith or belief, to come together at times like this to offer comfort to those in need. As I have said after past incidents, we as a nation need to be done forever with the thought that killing settles anything. I pray, this will be the last time I need to offer such thoughts.

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