Wexford expresses its sorrow at US massacre
BOOKS of Condolence have been opened throughout the county in memory of the hundreds killed and wounded in the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
SPEAKING after opening the book at County Council headquarters in Wexford, council chairman Cllr John Hegarty said the people of Wexford and Ireland stand united with the people of the United States.
‘FOR centuries, Ireland and the United States have shared a unique bond forged through family, friendship, culture, business and tourism,’ he said. ‘TODAY, as the people of Wexford come to terms with this atrocity, we stand beside the people of the US, united in sadness and in horror at the nature and scale of this attack, while our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those people caught up in this unspeakable act.’ Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 people were injured, most shot and some trampled in the rush to escape, when retired accountant Stephen Paddock opened fire with arsenal of high-powered weapons from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on crowds of people attending a country music festival. No motive has been yet been established for the killings, the deadliest mass shooting in US history. BOOKS of condolence are open during business hours at The Book Centre, South Main St., Wexford, Wexford County Council Offices, County Hall, Carricklawn, New Ross Municipal District Offices, The Tholsel, New Ross, Enniscorthy Municipal District Office, Market Square, Enniscorthy and Gorey Municipal District Offices, Civic Square The Avenue, Gorey. The books wil remain open for signing until Friday, October 20.
County Council Chairman, John Hegarty (right), and Pat Collins, County Secretary, open the book of condolence to remember victims of the Las Vegas tragedy at County Buildings.