Governor Whitmer orders flags to half-staff after MSU shooting

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered all U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor and remember the victims of a deadly shooting on Michigan State University's campus in East Lansing Monday night.

"The whole state of Michigan is wrapping its arms around the Spartan community today," said Governor Whitmer. "MSU's campus is a special place for so many that is now the site of a tragic and senseless act of violence. I'm heartbroken for the victims and every student, parent, faculty, and MSU staff member affected by last night's events. I want to thank law enforcement, first responders, and medical professionals for acting quickly to protect campus and save lives. We must work together to end this gun violence that claims the lives of too many Americans and upends the lives of countless others every day."

Flags should be lowered immediately and stay at half-staff until further notice, Governor Whitmer said.

The MSU Board of Trustees released the following statement Tuesday morning:

"Our hearts go out to the victims and families of this senseless tragedy. Thank you to MSU, local, state, and national law enforcement agencies and first responders who worked to protect our MSU community. We thank our counseling service providers who will work to bring calm and care to everyone on campus in the coming days and weeks. In the difficult days to come, the MSU Board of Trustees are united to heal our university and the entire Spartan community."

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