TACOMA—Sen. T’wina Nobles releases the following statement as a response to the tragic and fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl in her neighboring district.

“We, as a community, have been inundated with tragedies. Earlier this week, a 14-year-old girl was fatally shot just blocks from where I work in Tacoma. I, like many of our community members, am overwhelmed with grief and frustration. This incident was one of several senseless shootings that have happened around our country in recent days.

“In moments of such tragedy, I recognize the role as part of an elected body we have in the Legislature to prevent gun violence and to advocate for community safety. While we have made some important strides, it is clear we can and must do more.

“And while we focus on meaningful policy and work with other elected officials at different levels of government to create positive change, I ask that we come together. Right now, we need something beyond self-care—we need community care. There is a deep need for empathy, compassion, and love. The consistent and cumulative trauma has taken a toll on us as individuals and us as a collective.

“I mourn this heartbreaking loss and am grieving in solidarity with my community.”