The Phoenix Flyer

Flags ordered to half-staff in recognition of Maine shooting deaths

By: - October 26, 2023 5:50 pm

Flags flying at half-staff over the Florida Capitol. Credit: Michael Moline

Flags will fly at half-staff in Florida to commemorate the shooting deaths of 18 people in Maine on Wednesday night on an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on Oct. 25, 2023, in Lewiston, Maine, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. directed all flags to be lowered to half-staff immediately,” DeSantis said in a memo to the agency that supervises state property.

“Pursuant to this direction, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida immediately until sunset on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023,” he continued.

Maine authorities have issued an arrest warrant for eight counts of murder for 40-year-old Robert Card of Bowdoin, Maine, and the counts are expected to increase as more victims are identified, Phoenix affiliate the Maine Morning Star reported.

Biden’s order applies to all federal buildings and facilities, including Naval vessels and overseas diplomatic posts.

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Michael Moline
Michael Moline

Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal.