Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the death of Evelyn Gross, the mother of Alan Gross, who has been held hostage by the Castro regime in Cuba since 2009:
“My thoughts and prayers are with Alan Gross and his entire family during this difficult time. Evelyn Gross loved her son dearly, and it’s a shame on the Castro regime that she had to spend the final years of her life pleading for his freedom.
“This is a tragic example of just how cruel and heartless the Castro regime is. No son and no mother deserve the fate that Alan Gross and his mother faced over the last five years.
“Today, we should join the Gross family in solidarity during this moment of grief. But all decent people around the world should be outraged by the continued imprisonment of Alan Gross. We should work for his immediate unconditional release and ensure that this already tragic story can at least end with Alan Gross’ freedom and reunification with his surviving family.”