“The people of The Bronx stand united with the city of Orlando, the families and friends of the victims, and the LGBTQ community against hatred and bigotry. Today’s attack has shocked a nation, and I offer my deepest condolences to those affected by this horrendous act of terrorism. As the motives and the message behind today’s terror attack in Orlando come into clearer focus, we must remain united–as Bronxites, as New Yorkers, as Americans–against hatred and terror in all its forms. We must also heed President Obama’s call, stated once again during his remarks today, for sensible gun reforms. How much longer can Congress fail to act in the face of tragedy?

Once again, our heart breaks for the victims of this act of terror, and we wish their friends and families peace during this incredibly difficult time,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.