CAPAC Members React to Boston Attack

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WASHINGTON — Following are statements from members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus regarding the April 15 bomb attack at the Boston Marathon.

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside): “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s senseless terrorist attack during the Boston Marathon. The bravery of the first responders on the scene exemplifies the American spirit and I have the utmost confidence in the authorities, who will undoubtedly bring the responsible parties to justice.

“For Inland Empire residents in need of assistance in locating a loved one who was participating in the marathon, please contact my office at (951) 222-0203.”

Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.): “I am deeply saddened by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. This is a horrible and senseless attack and my heart aches for all Bostonians, particularly those whose loved ones were killed or injured in this terrible tragedy.

“I thank the bravery of the first responders and medical personnel who without hesitation rushed to help the victims. I know that law enforcement will not rest until they track down and bring to justice those responsible for this cowardly act.

“At this difficult time, we send the thoughts and prayers of all Queens residents as well as all New Yorkers to everybody affected by this horrible tragedy.”

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii): “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by today’s senseless attack in Boston. I wish the victims a speedy recovery and hope their loved ones are able to find comfort during this difficult time. I would like to acknowledge the brave first responders, volunteers, and the everyday citizens who ran towards danger in order to help those in need.

“As more information becomes available, we will find out who is responsible for this attack. Whether the enemy is foreign or domestic, they will be brought to justice. The people of Hawaii and the United States will stand by our brothers and sisters in Boston.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii): “I am deeply saddened by the senseless, violent attacks at the Boston Marathon today. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston, and all those who have been impacted by these attacks, and especially with those who lost loved ones today. The swift and professional reaction of the first responders and law enforcement on the scene is to be greatly commended, as they put their lives on the line to save lives and ensure the safety of others. 

“Those who carried out this heinous attack will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  I will continue to monitor this situation closely, work with my colleagues on the Homeland Security Committee, and with our law enforcement community, to ensure the safety and security of the American people.”

Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam): “I join the people of Guam in extending my condolences to the families of the victims of these senseless attacks in Boston. As we learn more about this developing situation, I will join my colleagues in Congress to provide any support the city and Massachusetts may need. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and all those affected by this tragedy.”

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