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On behalf of the Church, Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the Presidency of the Seventy issued the following statement regarding the shootings that occurred Feb. 12 at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City:

"We are deeply saddened at the deaths and suffering caused by this senseless tragedy. Our sympathy and prayers go out to all who have been afflicted, especially the families and friends of the victims.

"Although it is difficult to explain the conflicts and incongruities of life, we are certain that through the atoning sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, death is not the end and life continues in the hereafter.

"We pray that His Spirit will bring comfort, peace and healing to all at this difficult time."

Elder Bateman said the Church is also offering grief counseling through LDS Family Services to those affected by the tragic event. Its Salt Lake agency can be reached at (801) 240-1711.