Text of a statement released last night by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) from Hyannisport, Mass.:
We are filled with unspeakable grief and sadness by the loss of John and Carolyn, and of Lauren Bessette. John was a shining light in all our lives, and in the lives of the nation and the world that first came to know him as a little boy.
He was a devoted husband to Carolyn, a loving brother to Caroline, an amazing uncle to her children, a close and dear friend to his cousins and a beloved nephew to my sisters and me. He was the adored son of two proud parents whom he now joins with God. We loved him deeply, and his loss leaves an enormous void in all our lives.
John had many gifts and gave us great joy, most especially when he brought his wonderful bride Carolyn into our lives. They had their own special brand of magic that touched everyone who knew and loved them. We are thankful for her life and for their lives together.
We loved Carolyn and share in the grief of the Bessette and Freeman families at the tragic loss of both Carolyn and Lauren. Carolyn and Lauren were exceptional and accomplished young women who reflected the extraordinary qualities of their family. The Bessette and Freeman families will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
At this most difficult time, we rely on our faith in God. We are more grateful than we can ever say for the support of our family, our friends and so many of our fellow Americans who opened their hearts to John.
We also thank in a very special way the men and women who have worked so well and long and hard in these past days to find John, Carolyn and Lauren. We will never forget the dedication, the professionalism and the sensitivity they have shown.
We pray that John, Carolyn and Lauren will find eternal rest, and that God's perpetual light will shine on them.