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A Statement from NP Board Chairman John Sowards

Regarding Charleston's Emanuel AME Church

June 18, 2015

Like our city, state, nation, and world, we are saddened and outraged by the unspeakably horrific act of violence that occurred in a house of worship in Charleston. We will never be able to make any sense of this tragedy, nor will we ever be able to come to grips with why it occurred.

But Nexsen Pruet will respond in a way that establishes our support, sympathy, and commitment to our communities and fellow citizens, and leaves no doubt that we will combat the darkness of human nature wherever it manifests itself. And the darkness here, at this time, is almost overwhelming.

We ask that everyone join us in praying for those lost, for their families, and for our community. We ask for prayers for our state and local leaders, who will guide us in the days to come. And we pray that once the pain, shock, and sorrow have passed, we can begin a healing process – and that we can find the faith and strength necessary to move forward.

As a firm, we are dedicated to doing whatever we can to foster that healing. We will commit our time, efforts and money to support the Emanuel AME Church community, and we call on our colleagues in the profession to do the same. This is a moment of solidarity. The Emanuel AME Church family, the people of Charleston, and the city itself, deserve no less.

There is no place in this world for unfathomable acts of violence such as what happened the night of June 17. Our hope is that as we emerge from this dark shadow, we will find the light of community, of belief, of spirit, and of unity that have defined the great city of Charleston and those who live there.

- John Sowards
Nexsen Pruet Board Chairman