Cities Mourn Victims, Condemn Unthinkable Act of Violence in Orlando

WASHINGTON — Following news that at least 50 people were killed in this morning's attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony issued the following statement:

"Today, cities across America are reeling from the heartbreaking news that at least 50 people at an Orlando nightclub were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families of the victims, those injured, and the first responders involved in this horrific act of violence and terror.

"The National League of Cities and our members stand strong with Mayor Buddy Dyer, the Orlando council, and the greater Central Florida community as we mourn the victims and pray for the recovery of those still hospitalized. We offer our full support and resources to the local officials dealing with this tragedy, as they — and the nation — try to make sense of what happened and begin the healing process."

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.