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Flags to be lowered for Orlando attack, Kalamazoo cyclists

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Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the mass shooting victims in Orlando, as well as the cyclists who lost their lives in Kalamazoo last week. 

“I am joining President Obama's call to honor the victims of the Orlando terror attack by ordering Michigan and U.S. flags to half-staff until June 16,” Snyder said. “Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives and for their loved ones who are grieving. What happened in Florida is a tragedy - one we will never forget. Hate has no place in this nation. Sue and I ask all Michiganders to join us in prayer for Orlando - victims, families, friends, and first responders. The people of Michigan stand with Florida. In addition, I'm ordering the flags to stay down an extra five days for the lives of the cyclists lost in Kalamazoo.”

On Sunday, at least 50 people were killed and dozens more injured after a gunman opened fire inside a popular gay nightclub in Orlando. It's said to be the worst mass shooting in United States history. 

Last week, five people were also tragically killed when a vehicle crashed into a group of cyclists in Kalamazoo. A 50-year-old Battle Creek man is facing second-degree murder and other charges. 

Flags should return to full-staff after sunset on Tuesday, June 21. 

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