The country is in mourning over the Charleston Church Shooting, when a gunman opened fire in an African American church, killing nine people. Celebrities from Taylor Swift to Kerry Washington offered their prayers and support to those affected by this devastating tragedy.
We’re still in shock. A gunman shot and killed nine people at a June 17 bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This hate crime is heartbreaking, and celebrities – like Taylor Swift, 25, Kerry Washington, 38, and Questlove, 44 – all took to social media to share their pain, frustration and support.
Celebs could not hold back their grief. Kerry Washington and Chris Pratt said they were “praying” for the victims and survivors of the June 17 shooting. Solange Knowles said that her “heart is truly with “ those who “lost loved ones” during this horrific hate crime.
John Legend, like many people trying to comprehend what could motivate a person to open fire and kill nine people, said that his “heart hurts.” Darren Criss sent his “broken” heart out to those affected by the shooting, saying that “hatred cannot and will not prevail.”
Even the political world shared their sorrow over this national tragedy. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush each shared their condolences, with both saying that their thoughts and prayers are with Charleston.
Plane landed, turned on my phone, and my heart dropped to the floor. Charleston… This is an unbearable loss of lives and innocence.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 18, 2015
Prayers for #Charleston
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 18, 2015
I’m praying #CharlestonShooting
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) June 18, 2015
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) June 18, 2015
My heart is truly with you to the folks who lost loved ones Charleston. My heart is truly with you, world.
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) June 18, 2015
Charleston. My heart hurts.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2015
My heart is so broken by the senselessness of the Charleston shooting. Sending thoughts & prayers. Hatred cannot and will not prevail.
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) June 18, 2015
Heartbreaking news from Charleston – my thoughts and prayers are with you all. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and families affected by the tragic events in Charleston.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 18, 2015
On the evening of June 17, a white man (who authorities suspect is Dylann Roof, reports CNN) had been in the South Carolina church for an hour before he started shooting. He reportedly spared the live of one woman so she could tell the world. One of the dead was Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a South Carolina state senator. At the time of this posting, the gunman is still at large.
Our own thoughts and prayers remain with Charleston and to the families of those slain during this tragedy.
— Jason Brow