Justin Bieber addressed the mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket yesterday (May 14) during a concert in New York City.
The pop star performed at the city’s Keybank Center hours after 10 people were shot dead and three wounded by a gunman in what police called a “racially motivated hate crime.” .
During the concert, Bieber addressed the shooting before the airing of ‘Hurt,’ telling the crowd: “As we all know, there’s too much division in this world. So much racial injustice. As you and I both know, racism is evil and it’s a devilish game.
“But what you and I have to do, we become difference-makers. We become people who keep talking to our friends, family, and loved ones. We continue to be allies.”
Bieber also held a moment of silence during the performance for those killed and affected by the shooting. “In front of those who cannot remain silent to honor the lives lost, I ask you to ask yourself why?” he captioned a video of the moment on Instagram.
In another video captioned “PRAYER WITH AND FOR BUFFALO,” Bieber spoke to his team before the concert. “You’ve probably heard what happened – something pretty horrible,” he said. “But I’m looking forward to tonight, looking forward to getting on that stage and doing what we do best, having a good time and bringing joy to the city. It is very necessary. So let’s just do it. ”
An 18-year-old suspect was detained by police at the crime scene, a Tops Friendly Markets store in a predominantly black neighborhood in Buffalo. The attack was streamed live on Twitch by the alleged gunman, who has been identified as Payton S. Gendron.
CNN reported that police found the suspect had “researched” previous attacks and hate shootings, and had told authorities he was targeting the Black community. Gendron has been charged with first-degree murder, but pleaded not guilty in court last night.
In other Justin Bieber news, the star released a new song with Don Toliver called “Honest” last month, marking his first official single since “Ghost” last year.
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