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President of Unitarian Universalist Association Responds to Capital Gazette Shooting

A gunman killed five people at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland. One of the victims was Wendi Winters, an editor and community reporter who identified as a Unitarian Universalist.

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA president, responded to the shooting on her Facebook page.

Rev. Frederick-Gray writes:

My fellow Unitarian Universalists, it is with sadness that I share with you that the shooting that occurred yesterday at the Capitol Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, took the life of Wendi Winters, a member of the UU Church of Annapolis. Please join me in lifting up the Winters family, including Wendi’s four children, and the Annapolis congregation as they grieve. We also hold in our hearts the families of the other victims, Rebecca Smith, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, and John McNamara, and all of the staff at the Gazette who must be in shock and grief.

Each mass shooting that occurs, each time gun violence takes a life, families, loved ones and communities are devastated by grief, loss, and anger. Today it is one of our own communities so painfully impacted. As we hold our siblings in faith in our hearts and in deep care, may we also recommit ourselves to the work of ending gun violence in all its forms.