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National Council of Churches comments upon death of Senator Paul Wellstone

Oct 28, 2002 03:00 AM EST

NEW YORK— This Past Friday morning Senator Paul Wellstone, Sheila Wellstone, and Marcia Wellstone tragically lost their lives in a plane crash. The reverend Edgar joined in the many admirers who mourned over the loss of this great Senator.

In his commentary the reverend Robert Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches remarked that “Americans of every political affiliation will acknowledge the loss of a devoted public servant who embodied the highest standards of his profession. Senator Wellstone was fearless and faithful in his pursuit of justice for all persons”

“We at the National Council of Churches have more than once been grateful for his leadership on behalf of programs to assist the least, the last and the lost. His great heart and sharp mind placed him in the forefront of the cause of children, health care, environmental concerns, and the poor and marginalized. Even in what turned out to be the last days of his life, Senator Wellstone, despite a close political race for re-election, preserved his integrity in voting against the "Use of Force" resolution to enable U.S. action against Iraq. At the time we cited his courage and selflessness in placing conscience above self-interest. We will miss his bright spirit as well as his leadership. We extend our most profound condolences to his two sons who have lost their mother and sister as well as their father. We pray that the peace that passes all understanding will surround and sustain them. May God have mercy upon all who mourn those who have been lost to us,” said the Reverend in his commentary.

Other victims of this accident include Will McLaughlin, Tom Lapic, and Mary McEvoy, members of Senator Wellstone’s campaign, and Captians Richard Conroy and Micheal Guess.

A public memorial service celebrating the lives of the victims has been scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota.

By Pauline J.