On Sunday night (October 1), 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from a 32nd floor window of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay hotel on the attendees of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival taking place across the street. As of writing, at least 59 people are dead and 527 are injured, making it the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.
Celebrities took to social media to react; Donald Trump called it a “an act of pure evil”; concertgoers weighed in on the tragedy’s longlasting effects; and the names of the victims have since been released.
This morning, Big Sean shared a video to Twitter of his thoughts on the tragedy and the state of the world, as well as passed along words of hope and encouragement. He said:
“I just wanted to say, I got a brother, sister, niece, two nephews that live in Vegas that I see every time I’m in Vegas. And I was there last week performing at a music festival, I’ma be back there in a few days, and I don’t know what I would’ve done if something happened along the lines of what happened the night before last, the tragedy. My heart goes out to the families, to the people who are just in pain. I feel like the whole world is in pain right now, from our world leaders to the natural disasters, the hurricanes, Puerto Rico, tornadoes, just the crime… I just want to remind people, in times like these, not to give up on themselves, not to give up on humanity. Only way we gonna get through this is rising above and doing it out of love. So, my heart goes out to anyone who needs it. Prayer, prayers are for anyone who needs it. And don’t give up. Keep your faith strong. Keep your God strong. And, like I said, let’s take responsibility for not just ourselves but for others, too. You know what I’m saying? Love.”
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