U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, is joining the chorus of condemnations of the killing of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, issuing this statement:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans killed in the attacks. The service of Ambassador Stevens and his staff will not be forgotten and his commitment to the spread of democracy in a troubled part of the world is worthy of great praise and commendation.
“This senseless act of violence is unacceptable, and I find it deplorable that American citizens serving their country abroad were murdered at the hands of a people we helped fight for democracy and freedom less than a year ago.
“The United States and our diplomatic corps champion freedom, liberty, and democracy around the globe. We will continue to provide strong leadership and stand resolute in the face of adversity,” stated Buchanan.