This has been an exceptionally difficult week for New Rochelle.  Yesterday morning, representatives from our Police Department shared information concerning the tragic death of Gabrielle White, a seven-year-old student at Ward Elementary School.  During the press conference, I made the following statement:

“Our entire community mourns this tragic event and is united in offering thoughts and prayers to Gabrielle’s mother and to all who knew and loved Gabrielle. The School District has already been working to provide information, counseling, and support to youngsters, and the City will support these efforts in any appropriate way. I will add only, on a personal note, that for all friends of the family, this is devastating news that we will long struggle to comprehend.”

For those interested in honoring Gabrielle’s memory in a tangible fashion, I call your attention to this Go Fund Me campaign: