Celebrities Respond to News of the Sutherland Springs, Texas Shooting
On Sunday, a gunman opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 people dead and more than 20 injured. CNNreports that the shooter has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old who had previously been discharged from the Air Force for bad conduct. He died after a police chase following the shooting, though it remains unclear if he was killed by police, a church neighbor, or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Coming just one month after the country was shaken by a violent shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and more than 500 injured, many celebrities, such as Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Sarah Silverman, and more, shared their heartbreak and frustration on social media. See what they and more have to say below.
1. Reese Witherspoon: Taking to Instagram, the Big Little Lies actress proclaimed that “this gun violence must end,” before urging her followers to “#callyoursenator.”
2. Britney Spears: Spears shared her sentiments of heartbreak, saying, “My heart breaks over the news coming out of Texas. My prayers are with the Sutherland Springs community.”
3. Josh Groban: The singer, who happened to be near the recent vehicular attack when it occurred in NYC, grappled with the shooting in its aftermath, saying “Just nothing. No words. Numb. Again. May everyone affected in Texas rest in and find peace.”
4. Sarah Silverman: Like many, comedian Sarah Silverman expressed frustration with the lack of change, saying, “When a plane crashes, air travel becomes exponentially safer bc of the lessons learned. But one mass shooting after another… nothing.” She also pleaded for unity, tweeting, “Please let’s all come together.”
5. Mark Ruffalo: The Avengers: Infinity War actor sent his love to those affected by the tragedy, writing, “We are all in this together.
6. Sean Lowe: The Bachelor alum, who lives in Dallas, Texas, sent all his love to the victims and their families.
7. Eva Longoria: “I’m heartbroken over the shooting in my home state of Texas,” Eva Longoria tweeted, before sharing her disbelief and anger. “In a church? What next? Gun violence must stop NOW!!!”
8. Bob Saget: Saget shared his heartbreak and a straight-to-the-point sentiment. “This has to stop,” he tweeted.
9. Brad Paisley: Country superstar Brad Paisley shared a simple “God bless you Texas.”
10. Paris Jackson: Jackson kept it simple, saying her heart was “with everyone affected.”
Our hearts and thoughts also go out to all the victims and their families.
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