Nine people were shot and killed on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on a bible study group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The senseless tragedy is being seen around the nation as a racially motivated hate-crime. Understandably, social media has been full of reactions involving shock, sadness and thoughts for the victims' families, along with heartfelt remarks from several celebrities.
Tyler Perry shared how this tragedy hit him close to home. "I grew up in the AME Church. My aunt and uncle are pastors and a bishop in the church," he wrote on Facebook. "I know these kinds of prayer meetings well, and I've been in a lot of them! It could have been any of us!"
The actor added, "What do you do when you think prayer is not enough? You pray some more."
Beyonce's heart also goes out to the families. The singer posted this moving video on her Instagram that highlights the names of the nine victims.
"My heart is with the families, loved ones, and all of those affected by the senseless tragedy in Charleston," she wrote in the caption. "May they rest in peace."
Beyonce's sister Solange also expressed her thoughts. "My heart is truly with you to the folks who lost loved ones Charleston," she tweeted. "My heart is truly with you, world."
My heart is truly with you to the folks who lost loved ones Charleston. My heart is truly with you, world.— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) June 18, 2015
Actress Kerry Washington tweeted that she wanted to post something to help her "breathe."
The Scandal star then shared words from Martin Luther King Jr., "When evil men plot, good men must plan. When men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice."
I don't even know what words to use about Charleston. I really don't. Love and thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 18, 2015
My God bless the souls of the 9 people that were killed at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC— COMMON (@common) June 18, 2015
Sending out love to those effected by the violence in Charleston today after a horrific night..— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) June 19, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to the family members of those killed in Charleston. #LetYourLightShine— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) June 19, 2015
Sending my love and prayers to those affected by the Charleston shooting. #PrayForCharleston— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) June 19, 2015
And Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes reminded us all what we can do to help.