Justin Bieber condemns supermarket shooting at Buffalo concert – Reuters
Justin Bieber took to the stage in Buffalo, New York, to condemn “evil” racism just hours after a mass shooting in the city.
The singer’s concert at Buffalo’s Keybank Center on Saturday night (4/14/22) came shortly after a gunman went on a rampage through a supermarket in the city, killing 10 people.
Justin opened his show by observing a minute’s silence for the victims of the shooting, which police called a “racially motivated hate crime”.
According to Rolling Stone, the singer told the audience, “As you know there’s been a tragedy in the city, but what we’re going to do tonight is honor those people…
“As we know, there is so much division in this world. So much racial injustice. As you and I both know, racism is evil and evil.
“But what you and I can do is we make the difference. We become the people who continue to have conversations with our friends, family and loved ones. We continue to be allies.”
The ‘Baby’ star uploaded a video of the concert to her Instagram page and wrote in the caption, “Racism won’t prevail, it’s God.
“We stand with you Buffalo and against this racist act of terror.”
Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, was arrested in connection with the murders.
He was later arraigned and pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder,
New York Attorney General Letitia James said the shooting was carried out by “a sick, demented individual who was fueled (by) a daily diet of hate.”
She added: “Let us come together as one and put aside all differences and let us all stand up and remember the words of Dr (Martin Luther) King, that love, only love, will conquer hate. .”