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Calexico council cuts short meeting to mourn losses

September 12, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Before the Calexico City Council adjourned its Tuesday night meeting, a moment of silence was held for the victims of the coordinated attacks against the United States.

Calexico Police Chief Tommy Tunson said, "Reverence was given."

After the moment, the council spoke of the events of the day and adjourned the meeting without covering any of the items on the agenda out of respect for those who died, according to Mayor Pro Tem John Renison.

Councilman Frank Montoya said, "We all feel for them. We feel for the families."

He added: "We hope and pray that the people in our country track these people down."

He asked rhetorically, "Innocent people dead — for what? It's not right; morally wrong."

When asked if the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance before the meeting was particularly poignant, Renison said, "I think the comments of the council were pretty apropos."

He said, "I was moved by the words of my colleagues."

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Renison stressed the need for the U.S. to stand resilient in the aftermath of the attacks.

"We don't need this to knock us down," he said.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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