Peace Islands Institute condemns the tragic shooting at Military Site in Chattanooga, where a gunman opened fire on a military recruiting station, killed four United States Marines and wounded three other people before he died in police gunfire on Thursday July 16th.

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about this incident. We were shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of our United States Marines. We extend our condolences to all those who lost friends and loved ones.

This violent act stands in direct conflict with mission of Peace Islands Institute: tolerance, mutual respect and understanding, interfaith dialogue, friendship and peace.

Our prayers go out to the families of the dead and wounded and to our entire nation. It is beyond sad and we wish the families all the strength to face this tragic and deeply painful time.