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Attorney General Nessel Issues Statement on Anniversary of MSU Shooting
February 13, 2024
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the mass-shooting on Michigan State University's campus:
“One year ago today, when the news broke of a mass shooter on Michigan State University’s campus, like thousands of others, I sat horrified and worried. In my work as a prosecutor, I am exposed to the facts and details of tragedy and senseless deaths on an almost daily basis, but as an MSU parent myself, a tragedy like this is our worst nightmare.
“Each of us with even the most fleeting connection to MSU were struck by the devastation of this tragedy, but none more so than the families of Arielle Anderson, Brian Fraser, and Alex Verner. I continue to wish for their families and friends, peace in their hearts and the comfort of loved ones on this most difficult day. May their memories continue to be a blessing.
“Each year, over 450 Michigan residents die by gun homicides, and nearly 100 of these victims are minors. That’s 450 families each year who must grapple with the devastating consequences of the gun violence epidemic, which has robbed far too many of their sense of security, their loved ones, and the futures they hoped for together.
“When our neighbors, our friends, our children are dying by firearms at ever-increasing rates, we need to be doing much more and I am proud of the steps Michigan has taken to answer that call. I pledged to do more than just offer thoughts and prayers in response to the tragedies that occurred at MSU and Oxford High School. My department worked closely with Governor Whitmer and the Michigan legislature to fulfill that promise, resulting in the gun safety laws that take effect today.
“While this is tremendous progress, our work here is not done, and we must all commit, today and every day, to continue the work we started in addressing this crisis.”