Gov. Eloy S. Inos ordered yesterday an immediate lowering of U.S. and CNMI flags to honor the victims of Monday’s shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. that claimed 12 lives.
The governor ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday.
The governor followed President Barack Obama’s proclamation.
Obama ordered the immediate lowering of the U.S. flags nationwide “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on September 16, 2013 at the Washington Navy Yard.”
“Therefore, in support of the victims and their families, I hereby order the immediate lowering of the CNMI flag along with the U.S. flag to half-staff until sunset on September 20, 2013,” the governor said in his one-page memo yesterday to all department and activity heads.
As of yesterday, authorities have not uncovered the specific reason as to what spurred Aaron Alexis to fatally shoot 12 people at Washington’s Navy Yard.