Last night, Lady Gaga attended a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.
Gaga joined a crowd at Los Angeles City Hall, where she broke down while reading the names of the dead. She said, "We mourn the tragic loss of these innocent, beautiful people. Let’s all today pledge an allegiance of love to them and to their families who are suffering so deeply. They are sons and daughters. They were fathers and mothers. They are all our brothers and our sisters."
“But, tonight I will not allow my anger and outrage over this attack to overshadow our need to honor those who are grieving truly for their lost ones; lost members of the LGBT community,” Gaga added.
As her voice trembled, she continued, “I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies. Not only me, but everyone here. We represent the compassion and the loyalty of millions of people around the world that believe in you. You are not alone, you are not alone.”
Before reading the names of the 49 victims, the 30-year-old said, “Tomorrow I hope that we all race thoughtfully and loudly towards solutions. But tonight, and right now, Orlando, we are united with you. And we are here to remember.”
In another emotional display, Anderson Cooper fought back tears while reporting about the victims on CNN. He said, “We begin tonight with their names, the names of the 48 out of 49 people who have so far been identified, victims of the deadliest mass shooting in American history. There’s one name I want to tell you that you will not hear during this broadcast tonight, one picture of a person you won’t see. We will not say the gunman’s name or show his photograph. It’s been shown far too much already.”
For more on the victims, read their life stories and tributes here.