Like many people in America, Beyoncè was left speechless by the verdict in the Trayvon Martin trial on Saturday evening. The singer held a moment of silence for the slain teen during the encore of the Nashville leg of her Mrs. Carter World Tour, followed by stirring renditions of Whitney Houston's hit "I Will Always Love You" and her own, "Halo."
The verdict, acquitting defendant George Zimmerman of all charges related to the death of the 17-year-old teen, was handed down just before 10 p.m. EST on Saturday during Bey's show. "I would like to have a moment of silence for Travyon," the superstar said upon hearing of the verdict, the Associated Press reports.
The singer joined a tidal wave of emotion from stars, ranging from despondence to outrage, over the decision made by the jury to find Zimmerman not guilty. The trial, which started on June 10, concluded with closing arguments on Friday. The jury of six women, all mothers, deliberated for just over 24 hours before reaching their verdict.
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