The past several days and weeks have left hearts heavy throughout Baton Rouge, our state and our nation. The pain felt by all of us is real. Still, remember that we are resilient. We have endured unspeakable loss, but we will not allow it to destroy or define us. The answers to all of our questions may never come, yet if we are willing to heal together as a community, we will be the better for it.

I know it’s difficult to be hopeful at a time like this, but while we continue to grieve, it helps to look for all the good there is in our community. We are surrounded every day by countless acts of immeasurable kindness and goodwill. How can we not be hopeful when diverse people around the state are coming together in a spirit of peace, hope and unity? We will always be strong together because we know love has the power to defeat hate every time.

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