WASHINGTON -- Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman talked about the Chardon school shootings, honored the victims and praised teachers, law enforcement, families and medical professionals for their handling on of the tragedy.

"Lives were cut short...And those lives were full of promise...We will always remember them...My wife and I have been keeping the families and the entire Chardon High School community in our prayers. We continue to pray for the healing of those who were injured in flesh and in spirit through this terrible act...We pull together in Ohio. We pull together at times of tragedy. Through tears and through pain and we will get through this."

You canwatch Sen. Portman's remarks in the player below.