ABC News’ Mary Compton reports:
“Joining together in prayer can be a source of solace,” Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, said at a bipartisan prayer service held this afternoon at the U.S. Capitol. In his prepared remarks Boehner recognized the loss of congressional staffer Gabe Zimmerman, as well as the five others killed by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona, Saturday.
“The senseless assault claimed the lives of six of our fellow citizens – including that of Gabe Zimmerman, a congressional staffer who took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and died while well and faithfully discharging his duties. It left several more citizens, including Gabby, and two of her staff – Ron Barber and Pam Simon – fighting for their lives.”
Boehner also mentioned recent comments about political rhetoric. “As our Nation struggles to comprehend this act of savagery – this fearful assault on all of our sacred responsibilities – it speaks well of our institution that its members have reacted not with a torrent of accusations hurled at each other, but courageously, with a collective embrace – the embrace of brothers, sisters, and countrymen,” Boehner’s prepared remarks said.
“No assailant’s bullet – no twisted act of violence or cruelty – can silence the sacred dialogue of democracy,” he said.
Prior to entering the service, Boehner signed the Condolences Book (for those killed) and the Well Wishes Book (for the wounded).
“Let us now join together in prayer for the souls of the fallen, the recovery of the wounded, and the healing of a nation,” Boehner said, concluding his remarks.