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Celebrities Mourn the Victims of Orlando Shooting

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Celebrities are one in mourning the deaths of at least 50 people, who perished at the Orlando shooting spree that took place inside a gay dance club in Orlando, Florida during the early hours of Sunday.

Their brutal deaths came at the hands of a 29-year-old man, whom police identified as Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida. According to reports, Omar entered the nightclub Pulse with an assault rifle and a handgun, and opened fire, killing 50 patrons and wounding 53 others.

Moments after news about the senseless Orlando shooting came out, celebrities and public officials took to social media to air their sympathies and shock.

Lady Gaga, who has been an icon and outspoken role model of the LGBT community, urged her?followers to support the families of the victims.

She also expressed her hopes of seeing a world free of violence and hatred:

Actress and recording artist Queen Latifah, who supports marriage equality, expressed her support for the LGBT community:

 

Singer Gloria Estefan in her Instagram said that love and compassion is what the world needs in this time of grieving.

The Tony Awards Productions and its host television network CBS in a statement dedicated the show to the victims and the families that they left behind.

The statement reads:

?Out of respect for this morning?s events we dedicate tonight?s ceremony, broadcast and all of the performances to those affected by this tragedy. The Tony Awards is about celebrating live theater, illuminating the human condition in all its diverse forms. We walk into The Beacon Theater tonight with thoughts of our brothers and sisters in our Orlando clearly in our hearts ? Tony Awards Productions and CBS?

Talk show host and actor James Corden delivered a heartfelt speech during the opening of the Tony awards:

Actress and author Mindy Kaling calls the act of violence ?unspeakable.?

Talented comedienne Amy Schumer tagged the shooting as ?sickening.?

Actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne ?The Rock? Johnson tweeted that people will ?rise and persevere.?

Elton John, a popular champion of LGBT social movements, tweeted his concern for the families of the victims. His post came with an image containing a famous quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: ?Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.?

Justin Timberlake said in an Instagram post that the tragedy broke his heart.

Prior to the Tony Awards, Broadway actress Megan Hitty expressed her sympathy through Twitter:

Neil Patrick Harris, a vocal advocate of gay rights and equality, who married his long-time partner actor-chef David Burtka in 2014, expressed his shock on Twitter:

Theater and film actress Idina Menzel tweeted that she sympathizes with the mothers who lost their sons to the senseless shooting tragedy:

Kristin Chenoweth echoed the thoughts and feelings of the world:

We?re asking the same question, Kristin. When will the violence and hate end?

For more updates on the Orlando shooting, check out TheBitBag.

 

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