Celebrities from Hillary Clinton to Ricky Gervais have taken to social media to offer their prayers and support for those affected by the devastating Virginia TV crew shooting. Click here to see their heartfelt reactions.
The country is in mourning over the tragic deaths of WDBJ7 employees Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, who were shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia on Aug. 26. The alleged primary suspect, Vester Flanagan, had previously worked at the news station using the on-air name Bryce Williams, before he was reportedly fired for undisclosed reasons. This unthinkable crime is heartbreaking and celebrities including Hillary Clinton, 67, Ricky Gervais,54, and Sophia Bush, 33, all took to social media to share their pain, frustration and support.
Celebs could not contain their grief upon learning of the senseless shooting of WDBJ7 employees Alison and Adam. Carson Daly and Maria Menounos said they were “praying” for the friends and families of Alison and Adam. Sophia also tweeted about the her shock in hearing the tragic news, calling the incident “sick.”
Ricky, like many people trying to comprehend what could motivate someone to open fire and kill two people on live TV and then tweet about it, said that he was “shocked by the insanity” or it all. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also took to Twitter to share her sorrow over the national tragedy, saying she was both “heartbroken and angry.”
Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims' families in Virginia. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 26, 2015
Shocked by the insanity of the Virginia shooting. My thoughts are with the loved ones and I hope we will find a solution to this madness.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 26, 2015
My heart goes out to the two journalists who were shot in Virginia this morning. My show airs on @WDBJ7 every day. Sending love to you all.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 26, 2015
Don't know what to say. I'm just sick to my stomach and so, so sad. Nothing to do but hold on to each other and pray for something better.
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) August 26, 2015
— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) August 26, 2015
Shocked and horrified by the news coming out of Virginia… To murder people and then live tweet about it?? It's sick.
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) August 26, 2015
So tragic. Praying for these families. https://t.co/toYXgpeJsK
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) August 26, 2015
He video taped himself committing murder. He tweeted about it. He posted the video. What has happened to us? #virginia
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 26, 2015
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) August 26, 2015
Hours after the shooting, a Twitter user believed to be Vester Tweeted that Alison had “made racist comments” and Adam had gone to human resources, after “working with [him] one time.” Along with the tweets, the Twitter user also shared a video of the incident, shot from the shooter’s perspective. In the video, the attacker, believed to be Vester, can be seen approaching Alison and seen raising a gun and then shooting her.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the friends and families of both Alison, Adam and the shooter’s third victim, Vicki Gardner, who is currently in surgery.
— Alyssa Montemurro