The United States Ambassador to Mexico, Antonio O. Garza, made the following statement this morning:
"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones in the tragic crash this morning of the space shuttle Columbia. It is on days like this that we are reminded of the frailty of human life.
"I want to thank Foreign Minister Derbez for his message of condolence, the first of many calls I received this morning from Mexican officials and friends.
"On behalf of the U.S. Embassy and all of my fellow countrymen, I want to thank the government and people of Mexico for their heartfelt expressions of sympathy on this very sad day."