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Governor Huntsman Expresses Condolences, Encourages Healing

Flags have been lowered on State facilities

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman and First Lady Mary Kaye Huntsman wish to express their most sincere condolences to the grieving families affected by the devastatingly tragic events at Trolley Square Monday night. They also wish peace and consolation to all of the others who were involved.

"Today is a day of grieving, and tomorrow we, as a community, will begin the healing process," Governor Huntsman said. "This experience will make us stronger, binding us together. It is a time to be kinder to our neighbors, hug our children a little tighter and hold strong to the Utah tradition of reaching out to one another."

Governor Huntsman has called on Utahns to lower the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah immediately. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all State facilities until sunset on Monday, February 19, 2007, to honor those victims who died at Trolley Square on Monday.

Governor Huntsman encourages anyone who was present during the shooting to contact the Office of Crime Victim Reparations, a state agency that provides assistance to victims of violent crime. CVR is able to assist with several types of expenses including funeral expenses, medical expenses and mental health counseling expenses not covered by insurance or other collateral sources. For more information contact CVR at (801) 238-2360 or to visit at 350 East 500 South, Suite 200 in Salt Lake City or on the Web at CVR hours have been extended today until 7 p.m.

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