Mayor Battle: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the people of Orlando.”

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Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Mayor Tommy Battle released a statement following the mass shooting in Orlando.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the people of Orlando. From one community to another, we stand with you.

In vivid instances of hate like the episode of terror early this morning, we’re reminded that we as a people cannot let violence define our city, our state, or our nation. In Huntsville, we will not tolerate bigotry or intolerance. Truly, we are stronger – better – when we unite together as Americans.

It is important to know that we have no reason to believe Huntsville is under any threat at this time. We’ve been in close contact with the Huntsville Police department since early this morning and will continue to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate measures to keep Huntsville safe. The ability to live our lives peacefully is one of our most basic responsibilities as leaders and public servants. And it’s one we’ll continue to stand up for vigorously.”