US first lady on Charleston slayings: 'too many tragedies'

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Posted: Jun 19, 2015 8:50 AM

VICENZA, Italy (AP) — Michelle Obama says she hopes that tragedies like the slayings in a historic black church in the U.S. South "will one day come to an end."

The U.S. first lady on Friday expressed horror over the fatal shooting of nine people during a Bible study session in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier in the week. She was speaking to hundreds of American troops and their families at a U.S. base in Vicenza, northeastern Italy.

Mrs. Obama said: "We have seen too many tragedies like this" and that there "is something particularly horrifying about something that happens so senseless in a house of worship."

She added: "I pray for a community that I know is in pain with the hope that tragedies like these will one day come to an end."