Hours after 10 people were killed in what authorities described as a “racially motived violent extremism” in a predominately Black neighbourhood, the “Peaches” singer took to the stage on Saturday and asked the crowd at KeyBank Center to help him pay their respects to the slain individuals.
“As you know, there’s been tragedy in the city, but what we’re gonna do tonight is we’re gonna honour those people, and I would love if we could just take a moment of silence. That would mean a lot to me,” Bieber said in a video clip he uploaded to his Instagram clip.
Although many fans were respectful of the moment, a few of them could be heard rudely shouting or screaming. As a result, the singer expressed his concerns about this in a brief message.
“To the people who couldn’t stay silent to honor the lives that were so tragically lost, I urge you to ask yourself why?” he wrote.
Bieber also mentioned or alluded to the massacre on numerous occasions at the concert and even posted more of those moments on his Instagram.
As we know, there’s so much division in this world, so much racial injustice,” Bieber said during the concert.
“And as you and I both know, racism is evil, and it is diabolical. But what you and I get to do is we get to be the difference makers. We get to be the people who continue to have the conversations with our friends and our family and our loved ones.”
Police noted that Gendron shot 11 Black victims and two white victims before surrendering to officials. Later on, he appeared before a judge in a paper medical gown and was arraigned on the murder charges.
“This is the worst nightmare that any community can face. We are hurting, and we are seething,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown during a press conference on Saturday evening.
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