Senate leaders send out thoughts and prayers for victims of Boston Marathon explosions

Today all three Senate caucus leaders joined together in condemning yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon and asking for prayers for the victims. As Boston police and federal investigators continue to probe the explosion of two bombs that went off near the finish line of the historic marathon, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100, the three leaders voiced the feelings and thoughts of all Washingtonians.   

“It breaks my heart to think about the pain – both physically and emotionally – that many of the victims and their loved ones must be feeling,” said Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville. “We send our deepest sympathies and heart-felt prayers to those dealing with the impacts of the bombings and to all of Boston as the people of that great American city persevere and recover from this attack.”

Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray echoed that sentiment, saying that, while there is still a great deal that is unknown about the attack, it is clear that all Washingtonians stand with the people of Boston.

“From as far away as Washington state, we as a country are pulling for the people of Boston,” said Murray, D-Seattle. “May those affected by the tragedy find peace and safety. May those many heroes who lent a helping hand know our boundless gratitude. Whoever they are and whatever their purpose, may those who committed this senseless act see they cannot break our national unity and resolve. And may justice be done.”

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue, said incidents like these help put partisan disputes in perspective and show legislators what is truly important.

“At times like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats,” said Tom. “We are all Bostonians; we are all Americans. We all cry for the loss of life and limbs. We all take pride in the Boston police, federal agents, firefighters, and National Guardsmen and women who have responded with professionalism and resolve. We all seek justice. And we all salute the courage and determination of the people of Boston, who refuse to cower in the face of terrorism.”

The three Senate leaders call on Washingtonians to show their support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by donating blood and funds to the American Red Cross. According to the organization’s website, the need for blood is constant. Eligible blood and platelet donors across the country are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments to give in the days and weeks ahead by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting