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Sen. Jeff Merkley Remembers His 18-Year Old Cousin Killed In Mass Shooting

During the filibuster still going on, Senator Jeff Merkley shared his own personal tragedy.
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During today's filibuster by Senate Democrats, Senator Jeff Merkley shared the story of his 18-year-old cousin, Rebecka Ann Carnes, who was killed during the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College last year.

She had just graduated from South Umpqua High School the previous June. She was an avid hunter. She was a lover of four wheeling. And in the picture she posted online for graduation, she had a picture of her graduation cap and she was holding it, and it said on it: ‘And so the adventure begins.’ She was ready for the adventure of adulthood. She was ready for the adventure of going off to college. She was ready to explore the world. She was excited. She was a beautiful spirit, but her adventure ended so shortly after graduating from high school before she could really get started on the journey of life.

It was one of the highlights of the ongoing filibuster, which is now in its 10th hour.

(Transcript via ThinkProgress)

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