The United States is in mourning following the tragic high school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida on Wednesday, February 14th. 17 people were killed and at least 14 were injured after a 19-year-old gunman opened fire at his former high school.
Details regarding this recent shooting are still unfolding. Nikolas Cruz, the shooter, is in custody and has been charged with 17 counts of murder. His motive for the attack is unknown.
On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump addressed the nation regarding this great tragedy following a local press conference.
President Trump began, "Today I speak to a nation in grief."
"Our entire nation with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families," he continued. "To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you, whatever you need, whatever we can do to ease your pain."
"In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God's word. In scripture, 'I have heard your prayer and seen your tears, I will heal you [2 Kings 20:5].' We trust in that promise and hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow," Trump stated.
Additionally, Trump announced that he is making arrangement to visit the families of the Florida victims.
Watch President Trump speak below:
This comes shortly after President Trump released an official proclamation honoring the victims. Trump ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff on all public properties "as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated."
Please continue to keep the victims of this great tragedy in your prayers. In related news, disturbing details were released about the shooter's past.