The Newtown massacre is the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history and one of the deadliest mass shootings around the world. A gunman at Virginia Tech University killed 33, including himself, in 2007. Only Virginia Tech and the mass killings of 77 in Norway last year had greater death tolls across the world over the past 20 years. King Mohammed VI extended a message of condolences to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, after the attack occurred Friday at a school in the State of Connecticut.
In this message, the Sovereign says he “learned with great sorrow and sadness the news of the criminal assault which took place in a school in Newtown, killing several innocent people including children.”
In this painful ordeal, the King expressed his strong condemnation of this despicable crime, urging President Obama to “transmit to the bereaved families of the victims and the American people friend sincere condolences and feelings of compassion.”
The Sovereign also implored the Almighty to have victims in His holy mercy and grant their families patience and consolation.
Sharing with the U.S. President and the bereaved families feelings of sadness at this unstoppable tragedy, the King asks the Almighty to preserve the president and the friendly people of the United States from any misfortune. The King as usual was the first Arab leader to express his compassion and sympathy to the families of the victims. On behalf of all Moroccans, the King expressed his support and prayers for the families of the victims hoping that this type of emotional support – especially for that community, it’s already close-knit – is the most appropriate way of approaching this unbearable tragedy.