"We've met some of the families over the years. With some, we have forged strong friendships…sharing and supporting each other. Some we do not know," the statement continued. "Young men who loved PJ and wanted to get up close. That was the through-line of all those who passed that day. We hope we will never know what that loss feels like. We hope."

"We are forever in the shadow of your pain and loss and we accept that shade and are forever grateful to share that sacred space," Gossard concluded the statement. "The space created by the absence of those 9 young men…"

In 2003, the band released the song "Love Boat Captain" in honor of the victims.

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