So sad. Drake has finally spoken out on the deadly shooting at his OVO Fest after-party on Aug. 4. In an emotional message, the singer revealed that he is left ‘plagued and pained’ by the incident.
Just about two weeks after a gunman opened fire and left two people dead at an after-party for Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto, the singer, 28, has finally broken his silence. With a heavy heart, the “Charged Up” rapper revealed that he’s “been in a moral bind” to voice his thoughts on the tragic incident that occurred on Aug. 4. See his heartfelt words here.
“The last few days I have been in a moral bind,” Drake wrote in a blog post on OVO’s website. “I am used to the fact that my life and the things I say to my fans are closely watched. It’s tough in situations like this where there’s a tragedy and I consider the advice of my trusted advisors and counsel who worry that anything I might say could be misinterpreted. However today I am choosing to follow my heart.”
Drake gave his “deepest condolences” to the families of the deceased Ariela Favarro-Fenoy and Duvel Hibbert, while also extending his condolences to families that have lost loved ones due to violence in his hometown of Toronto.
“I am plagued and pained by the violence that continues to escalate in our city,” Drake continued. “I stare into the eyes of so many young people and I wish to see them all shine as bright as they possibly can in this lifetime. I encourage my generation to show as much value and gratitude as you can for the lives we have been gifted.”
The Degrassi alum went on to preach that it’s a community responsibility to ensure the safety of one another. “We need each other to further our communities for generations to come,” he concluded. “I pray for better times and better understanding.”
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, the shooting happened during the early hours of Aug. 4 at the Musik nightclub in Toronto, where Drake was hosting OVO Fest’s official after-party. While Ariela and Duvel were tragically killed, three others were hospitalized in the attack.
Our thoughts continue to go out to the friends and family of those killed and injured in this awful event.
— Julianne Ishler