Country stars took to their social media accounts to share their feelings on the tragic church shooting in Charleston, S.C. that occurred on June 17.
CNN reports that the senseless act of violence occurred at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church when 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof allegedly opened fire during a Bible study session. Police say Roof actually attended the Bible study for nearly an hour before he began shooting and killing three men and six women. The New York Times reports that he said he was there “to shoot black people” and told one of the victims begging to be spared, ”I have to do it. You rape our women and you are taking over our country. And you have to go.”
Public leaders from across the nation and world, including President Obama, shared their thoughts on the heartbreaking event.
“Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy,” said Obama. “There is something particularly heartbreaking about death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace.”
I'm so saddened and sick to hear the news about the situation in South Carolina. This world is a beautiful place, but ignorance still exists
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) June 18, 2015
Praying for Charleston. God be with those families and that community.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) June 18, 2015
What kind of inhuman monster goes into a church and kills people My deepest condolences to the citizens of Charleston May God comfort you
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) June 18, 2015
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.
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) June 18, 2015
Prayers for Charleston. This crime is unfathomable.
— Clare Bowen (@clarembee) June 18, 2015
Plane landed, turned on my phone, and my heart dropped to the floor. Charleston… This is an unbearable loss of lives and innocence.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 18, 2015
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) June 18, 2015
My deepest, heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were senselessly killed last night in Charleston, SC. It's heartbreaking!
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) June 18, 2015