March 14, 2018

Cortez Masto: Honoring Nevada’s Children Lost to Gun Violence

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor honoring Nevada children victims of gun violence. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery:

I rise along with my colleagues today to address the issue of gun violence, which has unfortunately become all too common for our kids in schools and for Americans across the country.

On October 1st in my hometown of Las Vegas, we saw the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Fifty eight innocent concertgoers were killed and another 500 were injured at the hands of a madman with an assault weapon.

In the past 5 years, 846 Nevadans have been killed by gun violence. Fifty of those Nevadans were children. Since Sandy Hook, we have lost an average of 10 children each year to gun violence in Nevada alone.

Today I speak in memory of the 50 children from my home state who will never get the chance grow up and graduate high school, pursue their dream job or have children of their own.

The names I am about to read were beloved sons and daughters, friends and classmates whose lives were cut tragically short.

Clemente, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Jovanni, 16 years old, Las Vegas.

Terry, 17 years old, Reno.

Tiris, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Marcus, 3 weeks old, Las Vegas.

Anthony, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

John, 11 months old, Las Vegas.

Anthony, 16 years old. Las Vegas.

Bradley, 4 years old, Las Vegas.

Young male victim, 16 years old, Reno.

Giovanni, 14 years old, Las Vegas.

Young victim, 16 years old, Las Vegas.

Luis, 16 years old, Las Vegas.

Young male victim, 15 years old, West Wendover.           

Sincere, 12 years old, Las Vegas.

Ethan, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Angelo, 15 years old, Las Vegas.

Benjamin, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Young female victim, 3 years old, Las Vegas.

Young male victim, 4 years old, Las Vegas.

Jhronne, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Joshua, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Xonajuk, 14 years old, Las Vegas.

Anhurak, 9 years old, Las Vegas.

Dalavanh, 15 years old, Las Vegas.

Robert, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Young female victim, 17 years old, Reno.

Fabriccio, 13 years old, Las Vegas.           

Javeion, 16 years old, Las Vegas.

Lex, 8 years old, Las Vegas.

Young male victim, 16 years old, Sun Valley.

Clayton, 8 years old, Las Vegas.

Arely, 16 years old, Las Vegas.

Tiyvone, 16 years old, Las Vegas.

Taylor, 16 years old, Las Vegas.

Manquise, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Young male victim, 15 years old, Reno.

Angel, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Israel, 11 years old , Las Vegas.

Tyrell, 18 years old, Las Vegas.

Joshua, 16 years old, Las Vegas.

Demario, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Jose, 16 years old, Las Vegas.

Austin, 2 years old, Reno.

Jacob, 7 years old, Reno.

Del’Vonte, 14 years old, Reno.         

Maximilian, 5 years old, Boulder City.

Gage, 12 years old, Dayton.

Elizabeth, 17 years old, Las Vegas.

Brooklyn, 13 years old, Las Vegas.

Across the country, students are saying, never again to another child lost to gun violence.

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