A woman running for town council in South Windsor is withdrawing from the race following a controversial social media post about the Las Vegas shooting.
"Prayers for Las Vegas. People who are in favor of guns should have been on that strip,” Ritu Goel wrote.
Wednesday, she released a statement after receiving backlash.
“For the safety of my family I am withdrawing my candidacy for town council. I will also step down from the South Windsor Alliance for Progress because I do not want to jeopardize their great work. I am afraid for the safety of my kids, my husband and my mom who is just visiting. I have lived here for 23 years, and that beautiful life has been threatened. My professional life is at stake.
“We recently celebrated diversity in this town. But that is not what I have experienced in the last 24 hours. The calls I am getting not only insult me, but insult our diverse team running for Town Council.
"DIVERSITY"? Is the what you were celebrating? Perhaps you weren't referring to diversity of opinion. I truly regret that you feel you were "insulted" by people you'd wished were dead.
"Absolute horror and disgust that anyone could even think these things rather than put them in writing,” said South Windsor Mayor Carolyn Mirek.
Besides the town's mayor, people in the community also strongly criticized Goel's comments.
"I think it's a pretty awful thing to say. I do not support guns but I would never say anything like that,” said Gloria Ranney, of South Windsor.
"Even if you don't agree with gun rights I don't think it's ok to say they should be dead,” said Jeff Dileone, of South Windsor.
"I just don't think she should be running for office,” Dileone said.
Goel is also a real estate agent with Dzen Realty.
She may have been associated with Dzen Realty up to now, but they seem to have parted ways, as this search for "Dzen Realty Ritu Goel" reveals::