PAYNE SPEAKS ON TRAGEDY OF DEADLY SHOOTING OF JERSEY CITY POLICE OFFICER MELVIN SANTIAGO

Jul 16, 2014 Issues: Local Issues
PAYNE SPEAKS ON TRAGEDY OF DEADLY SHOOTING OF JERSEY CITY POLICE OFFICER MELVIN SANTIAGO

Jersey City, N.J. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) spoke on the House floor regarding the tragic, deadly shooting of Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago on early Sunday morning when Officer Santiago responded to a call at a Jersey City Walgreens. The deadly shooting occurred in Rep. Payne, Jr.’s district.  He offered his condolences and promised to do everything he could to work with Congress to reduce the growing gun violence.

“Our hearts mourn for the family of Officer Melvin Santiago and all those families and victims whose lives have been tragically and forever changed by gun violence,” said Rep. Payne, Jr.  “Officer Santiago was a hero, and my deepest condolences go out to his family and to the Jersey City Police Department.  He selflessly performed his job with honor and gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect his community, and for that we are forever grateful. I promise to do everything I can to reduce the gun violence and make our communities a safer place to live. 

Watch the video here, and please find remarks prepared for delivery below:

“Over the weekend, my district endured a tremendous tragedy.  Early Sunday morning, Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago was shot at close range and killed in the line of duty by a madman with a gun.

“At the young age of 23, Officer Santiago had his whole life ahead of him.  He recently graduated from the police academy, and he performed his job with passion, dedication, and pride. 

“Neighbors and family members said he was an angel who was proud to say he was a Jersey City police officer.

“To me, to the people of Jersey City, and to the people of the Tenth District of New Jersey, Officer Santiago was a hero.

“Mr. Speaker, this is yet another reminder that we as leaders of this country must take action to address the growing gun violence.

“Parents, children, and families are living in fear to walk to school, shop at the corner store, or go to the movies.  In the greatest country on Earth, fear of gun violence should not consume our daily lives.

“I want to offer my condolences to Officer Santiago’s family.

“I promise to do everything I can to make our communities a safer place to live.

“Today, our hearts mourn for the city of Jersey City, the family of Officer Melvin Santiago, and all those families and victims whose lives have been tragically and forever changed by gun violence.” 

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