In D.C., Georgia’s House delegation pays tribute to dead UGA students

WASHINGTON — Most members of Georgia’s congressional delegation took to the floor of the House Friday to pay tribute to the four University of Georgia students killed in a car crash Wednesday, as well as a fifth student who remains in critical condition.

The tribute was led by Monroe Republican Jody Hice, whose district includes Athens. It was followed by a moment of silence on the House floor.

The office of Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, posted the above video on YouTube and also provided this transcript:

Jody Hice: Mr. Speaker, my friends and colleagues from the Georgia delegation and I rise in honor of the lives of four bright, young University of Georgia students who were killed in a tragic car accident outside of Athens on Wednesday evening.

We pray for and grieve for the families of Christina, Halle, Kayla and Brittany and the entire University of Georgia community. We pray for Agnes, who remains in critical condition, that she may be healed.

The remarkable impact of these women upon UGA’s campus is evidenced by the fact of thousands of faculty and staff who gathered yesterday in an outpouring of love, support and remembrance.

Mr. Speaker, this tragedy is every parent’s worst nightmare, and our hearts ache for these families. I ask all my colleagues and all of those watching to pray for these families and to join the Georgia delegation in a moment of silence for Christina, Halle, Kayla and Brittany, as well as for Agnes, and to know in the words of psalm 1:47:3 that he heals the broken-hearted and binds their wounds.


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