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Seneca Nation

Seneca Nation President Matthew Pagels announced that flags on Seneca Nation land will fly at half-staff in honor for the victims of the mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday, May 14.

“As we continue to support and grieve with our neighbors in Buffalo following this weekend’s tragic events, the Seneca Nation will lower flags on our territories to half-staff as a sign of respect for the victims and their families,” he said.

President Pagels has instructed that the flags should remain lowered until all of the victims of this tragedy are laid to rest.

Earlier this week, President Pagels issued the following statement in the aftermath of the shooting:

“The Seneca Nation shares the sorrow, anger and disbelief expressed by so many following the heinous mass shooting in Buffalo this weekend. We offer our prayers for the victims and send our thoughts and support to their families, friends and everyone impacted by this tragedy. A community is built of people of all races and backgrounds living and sharing together. Hate and racism cannot continue to divide us as a community or a country. We are confident that all Western New Yorkers will recognize and strengthen the bonds of community that make this a special place and come together to make our community even stronger.”

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