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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Reveals News About Her Family in Puerto Rico

At a Thursday conference in Washington, D.C., Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor revealed unsettling news about her family. She has not heard from “half” of her relatives living in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria tore through the island earlier this week.

“The island is suffering a great tragedy right now,” Sotomayor told CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson. “Myself personally and the rest of my family, we are exceedingly concerned. We ask for your prayers.”

Although Sotomayor was born in the Bronx in New York City, her parents are originally from Puerto Rico. Many of her extended family still live on the island.

Maria ravaged Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, flooding streets and demolishing homes. The storm has knocked out the entire power grid across the U.S. territory. Many residents could be without power for weeks or even months.

At least six people have died on the island due to Maria, according to The Associated Press.

President Donald Trump tweeted out his support for Puerto Rico on Thursday.

Many on Twitter have also expressed their support for Sotomayor and all Puerto Ricans dealing with the storm’s aftermath.



Sotomayor is the third woman ans first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court.

On Thursday, she had been participating in the Democracy at a Crossroads National Summit.

Despite uncertainty about her family, she was still able to provide her thoughts on civic education and handling politics in today’s world.

“Listen before you talk,” Sotomayor said. “That’s what a lot of people don’t do in these heated times.”