For Immediate Release
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Statement from APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges C. Benjamin in response to events Friday, Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2012 — "It’s hard to accept the events that took place in Newtown, Conn. The tragedy took more than the 26 lives lost last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it forever changed the lives of their families, friends, communities and loved ones, and left our country in shock.

We can’t fathom how many lives were forever affected — from students and their parents to school systems nationwide. There is no amount of compassion and support APHA wouldn’t offer to piece together the broken hearts of so many.

But we will do our part in the healing process. Violence prevention is an integral part of our identity and it’s imperative that we re-evaluate our roles in building safer communities.

From the bottom of our hearts, we at APHA extend our most sincere sympathies, condolences and blessings to everyone affected by last week’s crisis."

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