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Utah Governor Orders Flags Lowered For Mass Shooting Victims

Aug 5, 2019, 4:48 PM
A police officer walks past a makeshift memorial outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting...
A police officer walks past a makeshift memorial outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead, on August 5, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. A 21-year-old male suspect was taken into custody in El Paso which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Governor Gary Herbert is ordering all U.S. and Utah flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the weekend’s two mass shootings.

Herbert’s office announced Monday morning that the flag lowering in memory of the victims of shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, will take effect immediately.

In a statement, Herbert says Utah residents grieve alongside those who lost loved ones in “these senseless and vile shootings.”

Flags at state buildings and public grounds will stay lowered from sunrise until sunset through Thursday.

Individuals and businesses are also encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff.

The two shootings killed 31 people total and left dozens wounded.

(Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

 

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Utah Governor Orders Flags Lowered For Mass Shooting Victims