Drake Responds to Deadly OVO Fest Shooting: 'I Have Been in a Moral Bind'
By Sophie Schillaci
Drake is offering his condolences after a deadly shooting broke out at his official OVO Fest after-party earlier this month.
"The last few days I have been in a moral bind," the rapper begins in a heartfelt blog post, written in response to the death of two partygoers at Muzik Nightclub in Toronto. As ETonline previously reported, a quintuple shooting took place in the early hours of August 4. According to police, armed offenders began shooting inside the nightclub around 3:15 a.m., before moving outside the club in multiple directions. It was not immediately clear whether or not Drake was on-site, though police said that there were several VIPs inside the club.
Read Drake's full post below, which serves as his first official comment on the incident.
The last few days I have been in a moral bind.
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.
My deepest condolences go out to the Navarro-Fenoy and Hibbert families for their loss of Ariela and Duvel. 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.
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.
This year marked the sixth annual OVO Fest in Drake's native Toronto, featuring Kevin Hart, J. Cole and Big Sean, among others.
The shooting occurred just hours after Drake performed a sold-out headlining show at Molson Amphitheatre. Police have since released descriptions of the two suspects, but there have been no names or arrests. The victims, however, have been identified as Duvel Hibbert, 23, whom police say was targeted on the club patio. Innocent bystander Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, was killed in the crossfire outside.