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July 24, 2015

FBI Statement on Director Comey’s Visit Today to Charleston, South Carolina

Today, FBI Director James Comey and FBI Columbia Field Office Special Agent in Charge Dave Thomas met with FBI personnel and federal, state, and local law enforcement partners who responded to and are investigating the tragedy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. As part of these meetings, Director Comey also met with community leaders from Charleston.

“I grieve with the families of the loved ones lost. The FBI will continue to work tirelessly to prevent these types of violent acts so other communities will be spared the same heartbreak that the good people of Charleston have endured,” said Director Comey. “I have the greatest respect and gratitude for all those members of the investigative teams who have supported efforts to bring justice to this horrific situation.”