Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and numerous other celebrities sent their thoughts and prayers to the victims and families of Thursday's mass shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
Several big names rallied behind Jon Stewart's scathing monologue about the tragedy. Others echoed the sentiment in emotional Friday testimony from the victims' friends and family, who said they forgive Dylann Roof, who is suspected of opening fire during Bible study at the church.
Still others voiced outrage over gun control, as well as "lone wolf" terminology being used rather than racial terrorism, as they posted news stories on developments in the case.
Also, #blacklivesmatter, a movement that has put the phrase in everyday nomenclature after a series of officer-involved shootings claiming lives of African American victims, took on new meaning as the slogan was applied to the apparent hate crime.
This Charleston shooting is disgusting. Whats going on world? Praying for all the friends and family involved in this awful tragedy.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) June 18, 2015
My God bless the souls of the 9 people that were killed at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC— COMMON (@common) 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
Sending my love and prayers to those affected by the Charleston shooting. #PrayForCharleston— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) June 19, 2015
Innocent people gathering to worship God are brutally murdered. Smh. Cherish life you guys...and cherish the people u love.— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) June 18, 2015
Heartbroken for #Charleston and the victims families and loved ones. So, so awful.— Phoebe Tonkin (@1PhoebeJTonkin) June 19, 2015
Am I the only one who can't shake the sadness, disgust and anger over the horror of the Charleston shooting?— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) June 19, 2015
Sending love and prayers to everyone in Charleston, SC.I grew up in an AME church in Mobile,AL. I can't even imagine. #BlackLivesMatter— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) June 19, 2015
Across the ocean & saddened about the news back home. Sending my love to the families & loved ones of the victims in Charleston.— Dianna Agron (@DiannaAgron) June 19, 2015
“Simply saying our thoughts and prayers are with you is not enough. We've seen too many tragedies like this.” —The First Lady on #Charleston— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) June 19, 2015
South Carolina, where the terrorist rebellion by racist traitors - also known as the Civil War - began in Charleston on April 12, 1861.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 19, 2015
The horrific tragedy in Charleston is an act of hate & terrorism. Call it what it is. We must change. #blacklivesmatter— Macklemore (@macklemore) June 18, 2015
Once again, a senseless shooting has brought terror & pain to one of our communities. Praying for Charleston. http://t.co/hKpYXecc98— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 18, 2015
Emotional. Nine lives violently extinguished. Focusing my highest thoughts and donating directly to the church here: http://t.co/0kyZK8OHCm— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) June 18, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to the family members of those killed in Charleston. #LetYourLightShine— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) June 19, 2015
Oh my God. Prayers. #CharlestonShooting— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 18, 2015
Don't want to believe that we live in a world filled w/ such hatred. If you're a racist, please, unfollow me. I don't want you in my space.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 19, 2015
Sending out love to those effected by the violence in Charleston today after a horrific night..— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) June 19, 2015
Blown away by Ethel Lance's daughter who said "You hurt me, but I forgive you." http://t.co/WZOSrQIr6s— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) June 19, 2015
American politicians currently working frantically on a plan to do absolutely nothing in wake of the #Charleston gun massacre.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 19, 2015
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