Canadian rapper Drake has finally broken his silence on the shootings at the Muzik nightclub in Toronto that killed two persons on August 4. The violence, which took place at a massive after-party following his OVO Fest, are still being investigated by Toronto police and no arrests have been made.
Drake was not at the party when the 3 .a.m. shootings took place and he’s in no way connected to them except by association with his music festival. He began by addressing the length of time it has taken for him to speak of the tragedy publicly. “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,” Drake said.
“It’s tough in situations like this where there’s a tragedy and I consider the advice of my trusted advisers and counsel who worry that anything I might say could be misinterpreted. However, today I am choosing to follow my heart.”
Drake spoke directly to the shootings and expressed his condolences to the family and friends of Duvel Hibbert, 23, who appears to have been targeted, and 26-year-old Ariela Navarro-Fenoy. Hibbert, who had convictions for possessing a weapon and drug offences, was under house arrest at the time of his death; he was killed on the club’s patio.
Navarro-Fenoy was hit by a stray bullet outside the club and police say she was an innocent bystander who was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Drake also said that he is “plagued and pained by the violence that continues to escalate in our city” and advised young people to “show as much value and gratitude as you can for the lives we have been gifted.”
“Although Toronto is globally viewed as a major city, at the core we are still a small close-knit community,” he concluded. “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.
“I pray for better times and better understanding.”