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

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

“Any award I ever win will always be first and foremost dedicated to the queer community at large,” says Dove Cameron, accepting the New Artist of the Year award.

“I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is and how important our community is,” she added. “And I want to draw your attention to organizations like GLAAD and The Trevor Project for what you can do now. I want to remind you that you absolutely made it right, and that you are so loved and held, and I want to thank you for your support. Thanks for holding the space. I hold it for you too.”

Subsequent AMAs host Wayne Brady paid tribute to the victims and their families right after honoring Migo’s rapper Takeoff, who was shot dead in Houston earlier this month. “We must stop this senseless and appalling gun violence,” Brady said.

“Yesterday there was a mass shooting in Colorado Springs and our hearts go out to all of the victim’s families,” Brady continued. “Personally, I just want to say that I love you all and my heart is with you, and God bless you.”

Singer-songwriter Kim Petras also mourned the victims before announcing the nominees for favorite pop song, saying, “I can’t stop thinking about Colorado today. And gay clubs actually raised me, and I can say with confidence that no one loves pop music more than gay clubs, so my heart goes out to you.

Of the 25 people injured in the mass shooting, officials say at least seven are in critical condition. It is unclear how many victims were shot, as some were injured trying to leave the scene.

At a press conference on Sunday, investigators said at least two firearms, including a “long gun,” were found in Club Q after the attack. Police are investigating the motive and whether it was a hate crime. Charges against the suspect “are likely to include first-degree murder,” said El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen.

Police Chief Adrian Vasquez says the shooter was also confronted by at least two “heroic people” who fought and subdued the suspect before officers arrived and arrested him. “We owe them a debt of gratitude,” Vasquez said.

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