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DENVER — Several public officials in Colorado are reacting to the mass shooting at a Texas church.

At least 26 people were gunned down during a church service in Sutherland Springs on Sunday.

Freeman Martin, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the deceased range in age from 5 to 72 years old.

Sen. Michael Bennett tweeted: “Devastating news of another mass shooting. Our hearts are with victims in Texas. Americans should not live in fear of gun violence. We must act.”

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner wrote: “Our hearts are with the people of Sutherland Springs during this tragedy and thank you to our first responders and emergency personnel.”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock wrote: “My heart breaks for more lives lost, this time in TX. Evil will never overtake goodness and compassion but as a society, we must do better.”

Aurora police chief Nick Metz  tweeted thoughts and prayers to Texas, adding “sad to write similar messages twice in same week.”

Rep. Mike Coffman posted: “Tragic news out of Sutherland Springs, TX today. Let us keep the victims, families and emergency personnel in our prayers tonight.”

Rep. Diana DeGette wrote: “My heart aches for the victims in #Sutherlandsprings, TX. Mass acts of violence seem to know no bounds. We need #gunsafety legislation now.”

And Rep. Jared Polis said, “Devastated by another mass shooting. Too many souls senselessly gone. Praying for healing. We must act.”

On a national level, President Donald Trump spoke briefly about the shooting from overseas as he is in the midst of a tour of Asia.

He also shared his thoughts on Twitter, saying, “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”