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Gillibrand on Air Force One with Obama

    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand is traveling on Air Force One with President Obama this afternoon to attend tonight's memorial service for the victims of the Saturday shooting in Tuscon that killed six and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

    Gillibrand, a close friend of Giffords, will also visit the gravely wounded congresswoman, her husband, other victims and their loved ones and hospital staff.

    As she left, the senator released the following statement:   

    “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that only in moments of darkness, can we see the stars. I hope in this time of sadness and loss, we can find new strength to come together as a nation and foster greater respect for one another.

    “We may never make any sense of this heinous crime, but I remember how Gabby so often urged people  to stand up to the violent language that divides us, and focus on solutions. That is exactly what we need to do right now.

    “I want to thank President Obama for his compassionate leadership at this time of great national tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this horrible tragedy, their loved ones, and with all Americans as we struggle to move forward together.”

-- Jerry Zremski

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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