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Iowa Senate holds moment of silence in response to deadly school shooting

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DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate held a moment of silence in response to the deadly shooting at Des Moines East High School, which took a teen’s life, and landed six other in jail on murder charges.

State Senator Nate Boulton of Des Moines, whose district includes East High, rose to respond to Monday’s shooting and asked the Senate to stand for a moment of silence.

“Members, I have an announcement that truly breaks my heart to make this morning.

“A shooting outside of East Des Moines High School has left a teenager dead, two others clinging to their lives, and our community in shock.

“We cannot, and must not, have another day where terror, grief, anger, and fear overwhelm a school and community the way it had yesterday.

“My sincere sympathies go out to the families who are experiencing inexplicable pain this morning. And my deepest appreciation goes out to the law enforcement officers who reacted so quickly to make sure we had suspects in custody and off the streets to prevent further harm from occurring.

“This is a tragic moment. and I would ask that we take a moment, stand and join together in a few moments of silence to recognize the lives lost and changed yesterday afternoon.”

The shooting garnered national attention, including President Joe Biden, who called for gun safety laws to be enacted and enforced.

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