Congressmen Payne, Sires react to South Carolina church massacre


U.S. Reps. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Albio Sires (D-8) have voiced their thoughts on the tragic shooting in a South Carolina church yesterday that left nine dead. 


By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“My thoughts go out to the victims and all those impacted by the senseless act of violence that occurred in Charleston,” Sires wrote on Facebook earlier today.

Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, was arrested for the killings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church by authorities in North Carolina this morning, waiving extradition at his first court appearance (h/t CNN).

Payne called the shootings the result of a “horrific and senseless act,” also “calling for swift justice” in the matter.

“The tragedy that occurred in Charleston has caused overwhelming grief throughout our country,” Payne wrote on his website.

“It is impossible to comprehend how the lives of nine people—nine worshipers who had gathered together in prayer at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church—were cut short in such a horrific and senseless act.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this difficult time. I stand with the rest of the nation in denouncing this massacre and in calling for swift justice.”

“And although my heart aches, I am confident that the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the entire Charleston community, will persevere, drawing strength from their enduring faith and the support of our entire nation.”