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Ray Rivera, left, a DJ at Pulse Orlando nightclub, is consoled by a friend, outside of the Orlando Police Department after the mass shooting (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Jun 12, 2016 1:15 PM

NH lawmakers respond to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history


CONCORD - Several New Hampshire lawmakers issued statements Sunday offering their condolences to the families of those killed in the mass shooting in Orlando early Sunday morning.

Gov. Maggie Hassan:

"I join all Granite Staters and all Americans in mourning the victims of the horrific shooting in Orlando and expressing our profound gratitude to the brave first responders who helped prevent further loss of life. Though we cannot ease the pain of their loss, we stand with the families and loved ones of those who were taken from this earth far too soon by this heinous and cowardly attack."

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte:

"My heart goes out to the victims of this horrific attack and their families, those who were injured, and the brave first responders who saved lives. My thoughts and prayers are with the Orlando community in the wake of this terrible tragedy."

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen:

;I was horrified to learn of the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. My thoughts are with the victims, their families, the first responders and medical staff. While much is still unknown, this is already the deadliest mass shooting in our nation's history. Once again, a deranged and hateful individual has indiscriminately taken human life and had the ready means to do so. We must not grow numb to these acts of violence. This tragedy should bind us together as Americans and strengthen our resolve to overcome terrorism in all its forms."

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