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Posted on: October 26, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Statements on Tragic Events in Lewiston

City of Biddeford Maine


October 26, 2023

Statement from Mayor Alan Casavant & James Bennett, City Manager

"Today, we offer our thoughts and support to our neighbors in Lewiston while they are mourning a senseless attack and loss of life. Our hearts ache for the victims and their families and friends during this incredibly tragic time. Maine is a close-knit state and many of our friends, family members and colleagues will have had their lives forever changed by this event. We extend our deepest condolences to those who have lost a loved one. 

We also express our gratitude to our first responders, who have experienced unimaginable trauma as they work to prevent further loss of life. We know, all too well, the difficulties that our Police, Fire and EMS responders experience in their professions on a daily basis. It takes unfathomable strength to continue forward in this field knowing that tragedies such as this one can happen any day on the job. We are grateful for their service and their sacrifices.

With the suspect still at large, this remains an evolving situation, and we urge you to be vigilant and stay informed through official channels. In the event that there is an immediate threat in Biddeford, we will provide updates and instructions through our online platforms.

It is in response to the worst of our humanity that the best aspects of our community shine through. We have every confidence that the citizens of Maine will come together as one community, as we always do, to support our neighbors in Lewiston and provide comfort and assistance during their time of need."

Statement from JoAnne Fisk, Chief of Police

"Last night’s senseless act of violence in Lewiston has left us all in shock and sorrow, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. The Biddeford Police Department stands in solidarity with the dedicated first responders in Lewiston who are still courageously at work to apprehend the suspect and provide aid to those in need. Our agency has been in constant contact with State and local police and is proving assistance in search efforts. We are grateful for the additional support that the state have received from national law enforcement agencies as well.

I urge all members of our community to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings, and to report any tips or suspicious activity to authorities. You may report a criminal activity anonymously online, or for an emergency, call 911. If you have questions or are seeking guidance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Biddeford Police Department’s non-emergency line at 207-282-5127."

Halloween Boo Bash Postponed

As we continue to follow the developments of yesterday’s tragedy in Lewiston, we have made the decision to postpone the Halloween Boo Bash event that was scheduled for this Friday, October 27. The safety of families in our community will always be our highest priority.
We are looking forward to hosting this free and fun community celebration at a date in November to be determined. Please stay tuned to Biddeford Recreation’s website and Facebook page for more details on the postponed event.

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