Drake Addresses OVO After-Party Shooting

Drake Addresses OVO After-Party Shooting

"I am plagued and pained by the violence that continues to escalate in our city," says Drizzy.

Published August 14, 2015

Drake has broken his silence on the shooting that killed two and injured three at an OVO Fest after-party earlier in the month. The Toronto native released a statement on his October’s Own website today, expressing sadness for the violence in his home city.

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“The last few days I have been in a moral bind,” he starts. “I am used to the fact that my life and the things I say to my fans are‎ closely watched. It's tough in situations like this where there's a tragedy and I consider the advice of my trusted advisors and counsel who worry that anything I might say could be misinterpreted. However, today I am choosing to follow my heart.

“I am plagued and pained by the violence that continues to escalate in our city. I stare into the eyes of so many young people and I wish to see them all shine as bright as they possibly can in this lifetime. I encourage my generation to show as much value and gratitude as you can for the lives we have been gifted.”

He goes on to send his “deepest condolences” to the families of deceased shooting victims, 26-year-old Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, and 23-year-old Duvel Hibbert. “Along with them I send my condolences to all of the families that have lost loved ones to the senseless violence that has and continues to occur in our city,” continues the 27-year-old rapper. “Although Toronto is globally viewed as a major city, at the core we are still a small close-knit community, and it is our public responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of one another. We need each other to further our communities for generations to come.”

The "Back to Back" rapper ends the letter on a hopeful note: “I pray for better times and better understanding."

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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