Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Republican Party suffered a tragic loss yesterday when field staffer Mack Burgess was killed in a car accident. Burgess had previously served as Tricia Pridemore’s campaign manager in her bid to succeed Rep. Phil Gingrey in Georgia’s 11th congressional district earlier this year.

He was just 25.

In response to the tragedy, both Deal and Jason Carter’s campaigns have cancelled events that were to be held today out of respect.

“Mack was an incredible young man, smart, hard-working, with a bright future ahead of him,” the governor said. “This is a terrible loss for everyone in our organization and for anyone who knew him. We are going to take some time to grieve and pay our respects to Mack and to the Burgess family. I ask that everyone bear with us as we take a break from the campaign to mourn a life ended much too soon.”

Carter, too, issued a statement:

“Kate and I are tremendously saddened to hear of the loss of Mack Burgess. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mack’s family, as well as with Governor Deal’s entire team.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mack Burgess’s family, friends, and those who worked with him.