Robertson’s Reportings: State of Union Address, Capitol Rioter Death by Suicide


Welcome back to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! Biden gave his State of the Union address on March 1, and approximately 38 million people watched this. In the address, President Biden voiced his support for Ukraine for “their fearlessness, their courage, their determination [that] literally inspires the world.” Additionally, he claimed that his top priority is getting prices under control, considering the high gas prices and other effects of inflation. Biden also proposed a “unity agenda for the nation” to make “bipartisanship a hallmark of his presidency.”

Katie Meyer, Stanford soccer goalie and team captain, was found dead on campus at the age of 22. The cause of death has not yet been released, but her death has hit the Stanford community hard because of her involvement in school activities, most notably the soccer team. In the 2019 NCAA women’s soccer championship, Meyer’s penalty kick save was one of the most memorable moments of the entire game. There will be opportunities to remember Meyer over the coming days, according to the Stanford administration.

Capitol rioter Matthew Lawrence Perna died by suicide at the end of February because, according to his family, “His community (which he loved), his country, and the justice system killed his spirit and his zest for life.” Perna was awaiting sentencing for “witness tampering, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and two counts of disorderly conduct” from the riots at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. With Perna being “psychologically frail and not able to deal with the stress of the situation,” he ended his life. 

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