‘Our greatest sorrow and compassion’: World reaches out to Sutherland Springs


After the Sunday shooting at a Sutherland Springs church that left 26 dead and more than 20 injured, condolences came from around the country and the world. “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,” President Donald Trump tweeted. Former President Barack Obama tweeted “We grieve with all the families in Sutherland Springs harmed by this act of hatred, and we’ll stand with the survivors as they recover.” Celebrities like Josh Groban, Sarah Silverman and more also tweeted their thoughts.

Trump issued a proclamation on Sunday ordering all U.S. flags to be flown half-staff on public grounds, military posts and naval vessels across the country, as well as at embassies and other facilities abroad, until sunset Thursday. Some state governors followed suit with their own orders.

Elsewhere in the U.S., some of the cities who understand the grief of a mass shooting firsthand sent their support, including the mayors of Las Vegas and Orlando.

The leaders of other Texas cities sent messages of solidarity, too. 

The tragedy in Sutherland Springs also echoed across the world, with foreign leaders and governments offering their thoughts.

Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine, also posted a message about the church shooting on Facebook.

Follow complete coverage of the Sutherland Springs church shooting and its aftermath at statesman.com.

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