Dove Cameron, Wayne Brady Honor Victims of Colorado Springs Shooting at 2022 AMAs: “My Heart Is With You”

Dove Cameron, Wayne Brady Honor Victims of Colorado Springs Shooting at 2022 AMAs: “My Heart Is With You”

A number of stars used their time onstage at the American Music Awards on Sunday to speak about the Saturday night shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, which left five people dead and 25 others injured.

“Every award I win will always be first and foremost dedicated to the queer population at large,” declares Dove Cameron , as he accepts the award for new artist.

She added, “I want everyone to remember how important queer visibility and how important our community are.” “And I want you to pay attention to organizations such as GLAAD or The Trevor Project to see what you can do now. I want you to know that you are made perfectly right and that you are loved and held in my heart. I want you to know how much I appreciate your support. Thank you for holding it. It’s mine to hold for you, too.”

Later, AMAs host Wayne Brady paid tribute directly to the victims’ families after honoring Takeoff, a Migos rapper who was shot in Houston earlier in the month. Brady stated, “We must stop this senseless and horrible gun violence.”

Brady continued, “Just yesterday, there were mass shootings in Colorado Springs. Our hearts go out to all the victims’ families.” “Personally, my heart is with all of you and I want to express my love. God bless you.”

Kim Petras, a singer-songwriter, also grieved the victims before announcing who the nominees were for favorite pop song. She said, “I can’t stop thinking about Colorado today.” And gay clubs basically raised us, basically. So my heart goes out for you, Kim Petras.”

Of the 25 people hurt during the mass shooting, officials say at least seven are in critical condition. As some victims tried to flee the scene, it is not clear how many were killed.

Investigators claimed that at least two firearms, including one “long rifle”, were found at Club Q after the attack at a newsconference Sunday. The police are investigating to determine the motive and if it was a hate crime. Michael Allen, El Paso County District Attorney, said that the suspect will likely face first-degree murder charges.

Adrian Vasquez, the Police Chief, says that the gunman was also confronted at least two “heroic individuals” who fought and subdued him before officers arrived and arrested the suspect. Vasquez stated that they owe them a debt of gratitude.

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