Senate honors Southwest Michigan shooting victims

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LANSING, Mich. — Sens. John Proos, R-St. Joseph; Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek; Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage; and Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Mattawan, on Tuesday honored the victims of shootings that took place in the Kalamazoo area last Saturday.

The senators offered thoughts and prayers for the victims, who were all Southwest Michigan residents: Tiana Carruthers of Richland Township; Rich and Tyler Smith of Mattawan; Mary Jo Nye, Dorothy Brown, Barbara Hawthorne and Abigail Kopf of Battle Creek; Mary Lou Nye of Baroda; and to their families as they cope with the unconscionable tragedy.

The Senate then paused for a moment of silence to honor the victims and their families.


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