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Pelosi: Thoughts and Prayers of Congress and the Nation Will Remain With the Students of Virginia Tech and Their Families

Washington, D.C.--Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor this morning, giving her condolences regarding the tragedy at Virginia Tech. 

Below are her remarks:

'Mr. Speaker, it is with deep sadness that Congress today recognizes the great tragedy that stuck our country and the community of Virginia Tech on Monday.  We offer our condolences to the many who now grieve.  

'I want to particularly extend my condolences to our colleagues here for the sorrow that has taken place in their state. 

'The sorrow of parents who lost children, students who lost friends, and a community who lost 33 of its own, is beyond any comfort we can give in words.  Words are totally inadequate.  In the days that follow, the mourning and questioning that has already begun will continue.  And as it does, the thoughts and prayers of this Congress, and indeed this nation, will remain with the students of Virginia Tech and their families. 

'Among the victims include a student resident advisor known affectionately as 'Stack'; a young woman whose love for horses led her to study veterinary science; one of the world's great researchers on Cerebral Palsy; and a Holocaust survivor who became an expert on aeronautics. 

'These victims - of different backgrounds, and different ages - are united in their love of one of America's great learning institutions - Virginia Tech.  And today and in the days to come, as we grieve their loss, we are all Hokies. 

'When Robert Kennedy announced to the people of Indianapolis the news of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, he offered comfort with the words of the ancient Greek playwright, Aeschylus. 

'He said: 'Today, when no words can describe our sadness, or heal our grief, these words again give our nation hope.  In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.'

'Today, on behalf of the students, faculty, staff, and families of Virginia Tech, we pray for that wisdom.  I hope that it is a comfort to all who are grieving today that so many people in our country, indeed in the world, mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.'