What Massachusetts politicians are saying about the New Zealand terrorist attacks

“To my Muslim friends and neighbors, Boston stands with you and loves you,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.

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Massachusetts politicians reacted with horror Friday morning to the news that 49 people had been murdered in two New Zealand mosques during prayer services, expressing solidarity for the Muslim community and calling for a rejection of bigotry and hate.

“Charleston, Pittsburgh, and now Christchurch,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a statement. “Everyone should have the right to worship without fear, and an attack on a place of worship is terrorism perpetrated against all of us.”

Local authorities have increased police patrols around houses of worship in the Boston area, and Mayor Marty Walsh is expected to attend prayer services in Roxbury at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on Friday afternoon.


Here’s what Massachusetts elected officials are saying about the attacks:

Gov. Charlie Baker

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Attorney General Maura Healey

Sen. Ed Markey

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Rep. Richard Neal

Rep. Lori Trahan

Rep. Joe Kennedy III

Rep. Katherine Clark

Rep. Ayanna Pressley

Rep. Stephen Lynch