World leaders and celebrities have expressed shock and grief over the senseless act that took place in the city of Orlando, Florida on June 12.
The mass shooting, which is now being termed as the ‘worst mass shooting in US history’, is the biggest attack in the country since 9/11.
The senseless act which left 50 dead and over 53 injured took place on June 12, when a man armed with AR-15-type assault rifle opened fired in a packed nightclub called Pulse.
Condemning the senseless act, world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi, stood in solidarity with the US and expressed their grief over the incident.
Shocked at the shootout in Orlando, USA. My thoughts & prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 12, 2016
Severely condemn the heinous & unforgivable crime in Orlando. It was a coward act of terror. Praying for all those affected by this tragedy.
— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) June 12, 2016
Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with the United States at this moment of tragic loss.
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) June 12, 2016
PM: I’m horrified by reports of the overnight shooting in Orlando. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) June 12, 2016
Meanwhile French President Francois Hollande’s office issued a statement condemning “with horror the mass killing in Florida” and expressed the full support of France and the French authorities with the people “in this difficult time.”
US President Barack Obama, too issued a statement and implored the nation “to not give into fear.”
Presidential candidates for the upcoming elections in the US, expressed their grief over Twitter:
“To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them.” —Hillary https://t.co/MmaGjrSufr
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 12, 2016
Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
According to reports, the attack was targeted towards the members of the LGBT community who frequented the club.
Expressing solidarity with the LGBT community many known celebrities expressed their shock and grief against the attacks and took to social media to express their anger.
I am gay and I am not afraid. Love conquers all. #PrayforOrlando
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 12, 2016
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
I’m hurt. I’m angry.
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) June 12, 2016
Horrified watching the news. Where has the love in our world gone. Honestly I don’t know what to say. So sad. So wrong #PrayingForOrlando
— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) June 12, 2016
My heart and prayers are with the LBGT community. This atrocity would not go unanswered under President Trump I promise!! #PrayingForOrlando
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) June 12, 2016
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) June 12, 2016
Only God has the right to give and take life #OrlandoNightclubShooting cannot imagine the pain.
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) June 13, 2016