Published: 2023-11-28 11:14
Last Updated: 2024-02-26 13:16
In response to the shooting of three college students of Palestinian descent in Burlington, Vermont, President Joe Biden expressed deep concern and offered condolences to their families. The victims, two of whom are American citizens, were targeted while spending Thanksgiving with their loved ones while wearing a Palestinian Keffiyeh.
President Biden stated, "Jill and I were horrified to learn that three college students of Palestinian descent, two of whom are American citizens, were shot Saturday in Burlington, Vermont. They were simply spending Thanksgiving gathered with family and loved ones."
Emphasizing the need for unity and denouncing violence, President Biden added, "While we are waiting for more facts, we know this: there is absolutely no place for violence or hate in America. Period. No person should worry about being shot at while going about their daily lives."
The President acknowledged the pervasive issue of gun violence in the country, saying, "And far too many Americans know a family member injured or killed as a result of gun violence. We cannot and we will not accept that."
President Biden assured that the federal government would support the investigation into the incident, stating, "Earlier today, I spoke to Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger to offer my support. We are grateful to the Burlington Police Department – as well as the FBI, ATF, and other law enforcement partners – for their swift work identifying and arresting a suspect. Our Administration will provide any additional federal resources needed to assist in the investigation."
As the nation mourns the senseless act of violence in Vermont, President Biden reinforced the commitment to combating hate and ensuring the safety of all Americans, regardless of their background or descent.