Michiana leaders speak with 16 News Now about Rep. Walorski’s death

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 7:53 PM EDT
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(WNDU) - Leaders in Michiana are speaking out after learning about the tragic death of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski.

Walorski, who had represented Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District since 2012, was killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Elkhart County.

Two staffers for Walorski who were in the same vehicle at the time—identified as Zachery Potts, 27, of Mishawaka and Emma Thomson, 28, of Washington, D.C.—also died in the crash. Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, who was identified as Edith Schmucker, 56, of Nappanee, was pronounced dead at the scene.

16 News Now reached out to several leaders who represent Michiana and asked them to speak about the life and legacy of Rep. Walorski live on our air. You can watch them all in the videos posted below. Meanwhile, you can also click here to read more statements on Walorski’s death from both local and national officials.

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI 6th District):

Indiana Sen. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend):

Indiana Rep. Timothy Wesco (R-Osceola):

South Bend Mayor James Mueller (D):

Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson (D):

Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood (R):

South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jeff Rea:

Former South Bend Common Councilman Dr. Oliver Davis Jr.:

“Today, my heart is deeply saddened with unspeakable grief in the untimely death of our United States Congressperson, Rep. Jackie Walorski, who died today in an automobile accident.

In 2019, in quest of earning my Doctor of Social Work Degree at the University of Southern California (USC), one of the final requirements of our capstone assignment was to present our Grand Challenge Topic to our United States Senator or United States Congressperson. While our Doctoral cohort, cohort #4, was in Washington, D.C.  I reached out to my Congressperson, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) and she and her staff graciously granted me time to present my Grand Challenges on Using Multimedia strategies to help explain Homelessness to middle school students. We had a wonderful time! To our surprise, our clothing outfits matched.

Yes, one may not always politically agree, but one can learn to respect each other’s differences and beliefs. I will always be grateful to Rep. Walorski for helping me to successfully earn my Doctor of Social Work Degree at The University of Southern California (USC).

My prayers go out to her family and to the families of her staffers and the other driver who passed.”

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