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Justin Bieber Honors the Pulse Victims at Orlando Concert With a Moving Tribute

by Rachel McRady 1:20 AM PDT, July 01, 2016
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Singing with Purpose! On Thursday night, Justin Bieber honored the victims from the Pulse nightclub shooting during his Orlando, Florida, concert.

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The “Sorry” singer played the 49 victims’ names on a screen behind him as he sang his song “Purpose.” After starting off the tune sitting next to his cheering Beliebers, Justin stood up and walked toward the screen, facing the names. One of the names was that of singer Christina Grimmie, who died in a shooting in Orlando the day before the Pulse attacks and who was a close personal friend of Justin’s ex Selena Gomez.

He also flashed the message “#OrlandoStrong” on the screen behind him, posting a photo of the backdrop to Twitter.

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“Thank you for tonight. Don’t ever be afraid to be yourself. #OrlandoStrong,” the GRAMMY winner wrote.

One fan account quoted the singer as telling his Orlando audience, “You’ve been through a lot here, and my heart goes out to all the families. You can’t take down Orlando!”

Up next on his Purpose World Tour the Biebs will be heading to Miami for back-to-back shows.

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