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.”