We also know that the weight of this tragedy is felt not only by those who were targeted in Belgium this morning, but in communities across the globe.
Their healing process may be long and trying but we have no doubt that the city of Brussels will come back stronger and more united. Sometimes finding the strength to live on seems the only true defense against these cowardly acts of violence.
I remind New Yorkers that it is days like this when we must embrace our loved ones, put our differences aside and choose instead, to stand together for the sake of life, liberty and peace.
I pray that the people of Brussels will find their strength in each other and take comfort in knowing that they are not alone.
At this time, let us pause for a moment of silence …