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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by President Obama on the Death of Caguas Mayor William Miranda Marín

Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of William Miranda Marín. Willie will be remembered for the passion with which he served, as an Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard, as a government executive committed to economic development, and as mayor of a municipality that became a model of innovative government and citizen participation. His devotion to the people he represented earned him respect from supporters and opponents alike, and touched countless lives. Michelle and I will always remember the warmth with which he received us in Puerto Rico, hosting Michelle at his pride and joy, the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Caguas. His legacy lives on in those he helped to empower who continue the work of expanding opportunity for all Puerto Ricans and all Americans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carmen; his children, William Edgardo, Luis Alexander, and José Juan; his grandchildren; and his entire family.