My family and I continue to pray for healing to all affected by the events in Charlottesville this weekend. It is so sad that innocent lives were lost and affected by hate. I pray for the families of the young woman that was murdered, all that were injured and the two state troopers who were just doing their job. The rhetoric and actions of racists, white supremacists, and Nazi-ideologues in Charlottesville this weekend are disgusting and vile.
The press along with all who participated should be ashamed of the atrocities. There was no good to come from any of the gathering of any group there this weekend. I do not always agree with our Governor, but on Friday he gave good direction in asking everyone to stay home.
This is not what Virginia believes in or stands for and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. We are grateful for the bravery and professionalism of local law enforcement, the Virginia State Police, and the Virginia National Guard. They are heroic public servants.
We join our fellow Virginians mourning for the two Virginia State Police Troopers who lost their lives in service to the Commonwealth. We pray for their families and colleagues, and grieve over the needlessness of their deaths. The brave men and women of the Virginia State Police, local law enforcement, and the Virginia National Guard are heroes who represent the true character of our Commonwealth.
Over the next few weeks and months I will be spending time out in the district meeting constituents and scheduling meetings with businesses and groups in the 59th District. I encourage you to contact my office if you have an issue or concern that I may be able to help assist with. I value the feedback you provide as it helps me do my job representing you better. You can email me at DelMFariss@virginia.house.gov or call me at (434)821-5929. You can also join the conversation on our social media page at www.facebook.com/DelegateMattFariss.