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Statement from Memorial Fund President on Orlando Terror Attack

June 14, 2016

Washington, DC—The monstrous terrorist attack in Orlando was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, leaving 49 innocent persons dead and 53 more injured. We join with our fellow citizens and with caring people from around the world in standing in solidarity with the Orlando community and offering our thoughts and prayers for all of the victims and their families during this very difficult time.

This murderous rampage is another seeming example of a weak-minded individual being influenced by a hatred for others and Islamic extremism. But, it is also a stark reminder of the vital role that law enforcement officers play in our society. While our nation is in mourning for the victims and their families, we should also be extremely grateful that when evil strikes, our law enforcement professionals will respond and do whatever it takes to protect the innocent.

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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund built and now operates and maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 20,789 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now building the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit

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