State of the Union 2024: Laken Riley’s parents will not attend despite invite from Mike Collins

The parents of Laken Riley, a nursing student killed on the University of Georgia campus last month, will not attend President Joe Biden‘s State of the Union despite an invitation from Rep. Mike Collins (R-GA).

Collins announced on Wednesday that Riley’s parents declined his invitation to attend Biden’s address as his guest. The Georgia congressman led a moment of silence on the House floor last week in honor of the student, who was allegedly killed by a Venezuelan immigrant who had been arrested in 2022 for illegally crossing the border.

“I invited Laken Riley’s parents to the State of the Union address, but understandably, they have chosen to stay home as they grieve the loss of their daughter,” Collins said in a post on X. “Therefore, the seat reserved for
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