Stars React To Charleston Church Shooting — See Celebrity Twitter Reactions Here

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stars react Charleston church shooting

By Minyvonne Burke

stars react Charleston church shooting


On Wednesday night, a white male gunman believed to be named Dylann Storm Roof (see surveillance photo at right) walked into the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and allegedly opened fire, killing nine people, including the pastor. According to police, the gunman, who remains at large, sat inside the church for an hour during a prayer meeting before fatally shooting several of the church’s members. The sad news of the massacre has led “#CharlestonShooting” to trend on Twitter, where celebrities and others have offered their condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy.

“Charleston. My heart hurts,” John Legend tweeted. Hillary Clinton wrote, “Heartbreaking news from Charleston – my thoughts and prayers are with you all.” Kelly Rowland simply tweeted the hashtag “#PrayersForCharleston.” Taylor Swift said that she had just gotten off a plane when she heard the news. “My heart dropped to the floor,” the pop star tweeted, adding, “Charleston… This is an unbearable loss of lives and innocence.” Kerry Washington asked her followers to pray for Charleston, and Danielle Brooks wrote, “My [heart] grieves 4 the #CharlestonShooting victims.” She continued, “To live in the present while some recreate our devastating past is terrifying.”

Holly Robinson Peete called the horrific shooting a “hate crime,” noting, “Bible study shooting at a historic AME church in #Charleston has me SHOOK. 9 people dead incl State senator/Pastor.” Solange Knowles wrote that her “heart is truly with you to the folks who lost loved ones Charleston. My heart is truly with you, world.” Jeb Bush tweeted that his “thoughts and prayers” were with everyone who was affected by the “tragic events in Charleston.”

“I don’t even know what words to use about Charleston. I really don’t,” tweeted Kat Dennings, adding, “Love and thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims.” Alyssa Milano, clearly stunned by what happened in Charleston, simply noted on Twitter, “Oh my God. Prayers.” The Fault In Our Stars author John Green, posted, “Woke up here in London to the horrific news from Charleston. Sickening. Over 50 years since the Birmingham church bombing, and here we are.”

Kevin Jonas tweeted that he was praying for “Charleston and all the families involved with this horrible tragedy.” Tom Arnold also offered up some kind words, noting, “Terrible sad about #CharlestonChurchShooting. Let’s rally for them.” And Estelle tweeted, “Sick of waking up and hearing more and more bad news. When will this stop?! #charleston #enough.”

Tweeting the above photo, Randy Jackson wrote, “Let’s catch this monster.” Andy Cohen, too, tweeted the picture, writing, “CATCH THIS SICK FILTHY MAN. DISGUSTING.” Russell Simmons commented, “Sending all my morning prayers to the people of the Emanuel AME Church and the residents of Charleston. Our hearts are heavy.” Melissa Joan Hart remarked on Instagram, “Just heard the upsetting news that 9 people were shot to death in church during bible study last night. Unimaginable!! I pray for peace in the city and for the victims families but also that the kid is brought to justice swiftly! #prayforcharleston.”

Questlove revealed, “the press inboxing me for a blurb/statement/opinion/op-ed/answers. To be honest all I have are questions & anger #CharlestionShooting.” Meanwhile, Keri Hilson argued, “This is racially motivated domestic TERRORISM. Praying for Charleston w/ tears of disgust in my eyes. I AM DISGUSTED.” Chris Pratt simply wrote, “I’m praying #CharlestonShooting.” And Rachel Dratch observed, “So so so exhausted by the jarring yet familiar feeling of turning on the news only to see yet another mass shooting. #Charleston #Everytown.”

“So saddened to hear the news from #SouthCarolina tonight… Sending so much love to #Charleston, and all affected,” wrote Sophia Bush. Patricia Heaton said, “Keeping our brothers and sisters at Emanuel AME church Charleston in our prayers. Insanity.” Debra Messing tweeted, “Sending prayers to all of those touched by the horrific tragedy in Charleston,” while Roma Downey posted, “My heart aches ,its so tragic and I don’t understand? Shooting people in a church while praying? My prayers are with y’all in #Charleston.”

Lou Diamond Phillips asked, “Dear God, when will it stop? Pray for Charleston. #CharlestonShooting.” Mandy Moore similarly wondered, “Prayers for the victims’ families & entire community of #Charleston. When will anything be done to put an end to this cycle of violence?” And Darren Criss declared, “My heart is so broken by the senselessness of the Charleston shooting. Sending thoughts & prayers. Hatred cannot and will not prevail.”

“Woke up to the horrid news. What can be said?” commented Josh Groban. “Shooter doesn’t deserve our curiosity. Absolute terrorism. Charleston is in my heart today.” Larry King similarly wrote, “Words fail me as nine people lie dead in #Charleston, SC from gunshots in a church. So senseless. Who can explain such evil or madness?” Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres said, “I believe there’s more love in the world than hate. We need to show it today. Sending my love to Charleston.”

Karrueche Tran said on Instagram, “Sending my love and prayers!!” Cher posted on her Twitter page, “MY [heart] GOES OUT 2 THE PPL OF EMANUEL AME CHURCH.THIS ACT SHOULD B DEVASTATING 2 ALL IN USA. WE R NOT BORN W/HATE.HATE IS TAUGHT. [Guns] + HATE=MURDER.” And Olivia Wilde argued, “It’s time to stop teaching about civil rights in history class, and instead make social justice a crucial focus of education. #StopTheHate.”

“Sending love and prayer to the people of Charleston. #morelove #PrayersForCharleston,” tweeted Ashley Tisdale. Paula Abdul said, “My prayers & condolences go to the community, families, & friends affected by the #CharlestonShooting ..I cannot imagine your grief.” Brad Paisley wrote, “Praying for Charleston. God be with those families and that community,” while Alicia Keys posted, “My heart is so heavy upon hearing about this horrible act… My thoughts are with all the families involved. #CharlestonShooting.”

Bruno Mars wrote on Twitter, “This Charleston shooting is disgusting. Whats going on world? Praying for all the friends and family involved in this awful tragedy.” Elijah Wood said, “My heart goes out to the victims and their families in Charleston. There are no words. #CharlestonShooting.” Zendaya acknowledged, “There’s not much a tweet can do, but if you’re reading this take the time to send love, pray, whatever you can and spread awareness.”

“This act of domestic terrorism is pure evil,” said Gabrielle Union on Instagram. She went on, “Prayer warriors and Change Makers have been called to action… I cannot adequately describe the feelings of terror, fear, anger, vengeance… numb and extreme sadness have invaded my soul… God help us all.” Lucy Hale also posted on the social media site, “My heart hurts. Praying for our country. Sending love to loved ones of all involved. Praying that we see change.”

Will Arnett remarked, “We keep standing by, incident after incident These aren’t statistics, they’re people #humanlivesmatter.” Emmy Rossum said, “Breaks my heart hearing about the #CharlestonShooting. My thoughts & prayers are with the victims & their families.” Hailee Steinfeld wrote, “My heart is with you Charleston.” And Darius Rucker, who is a Charleston native and still lives there, commented, “I don’t know what to say. I am in utter shock. Thoughts and prayers to our community & those families affected by this horrible tragedy.”

“Sending prayers and love to Charleston. So heartbreaking,” said Abigail Breslin. Don Cheadle tweeted, “Send prayers and love to Emanuel AME. Tragically heartbreaking.” Jessica Chastain also stated, “I am heartbroken.” And John Stamos wrote, “#CharlestonShooting #HeartBroken.” Gossip Cop will have updates. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

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