U.S. Rep. John Larson is joining his some of his congressional colleagues by inviting someone who’s life has been pierced by gun violence to watch the State of the Union address.
Larson’s guest will be Ross Hollander, the president of Hartford Distributors in Manchester, site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in state history.
“For tomorrow’s State of the Union Address, House members across the nation have banded together to invite guests who have been affected by violence,” Larson said.
“I am pleased to be bringing my long-time friend Ross Hollander, President of Hartford Distributors in Manchester. On August 3, 2010, Ross and his family experienced one of the worst tragedies the first district has ever seen as eight employees of Hartford Distributors were shot and killed and two were injured in a senseless, horrific act of violence. Since then the Hollander family has remained committed to honoring the lives of the employees they lost and have continued their selfless, charitable work in communities across Connecticut.”