MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley has declared Friday as a “Day of Prayer and Remembrance” for the victims, their families and the south Alabama communities hurt by last week’s deadly rampage that left 11 dead, including the gunman.

The declaration by the Governor coincides with a community service planned on Friday in Samson at the town square.

“To honor the memory of those lost, to offer comfort and strength to the families of the victims, and to support the communities of Samson, Geneva, and Kinston, I encourage all Alabamians to remember the victims, their families and these communities in prayer and quiet reflection.

Citizens of Alabama are encouraged to lift them up in our prayers and to ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering,” Governor Riley wrote in a proclamation he signed on Wednesday.

The full text of the Governor’s proclamation follows:

Whereas, our State grieves with those who lost loved ones on March 10, 2009 in the communities of Samson, Kinston and Geneva and joins them in their mourning; and

Whereas, we are thankful for local, state and federal law enforcement officers for responding quickly and for putting their lives at risk to protect citizens and to restore order; and

Whereas, to honor the memory of those lost, to offer comfort and strength to the families of the victims, and to support the communities of Samson, Geneva, and Kinston, I encourage all Alabamians to remember the victims, their families and these communities in prayer and quiet reflection.

Citizens of Alabama are encouraged to lift them up in our prayers and to ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering; and

Whereas, throughout the day of March 20, 2009, we ask for blessings for the victims of this tragedy, for comfort for the grieving families, and for resolve as these communities cope with this tragedy.

Now, therefore, I, Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim March 20, 2009, as a Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims, their loved ones and these Alabama communities.


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