Justin Timberlake made a stop at a Texas hospital to meet a survivor of the Santa Fe High School shooting.
The mass shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on May 18, 2018, killed 10 people, mostly students. Not only that, 13 people were injured, including a school police officer who confronted the gunman and helped to prevent more deaths. The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Dimitrios Pagourzis- a 17-year-old boy. According to the authorities, the young boy planned his suicide after the mass shooting, but then he “gave himself up” to the authorities because “he didn’t have the courage.”
While touring in Texas for his Man of the Woods Tour, Justin Timberlake dedicated his ballad Until the End of Time to the victims during a live show on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. He wore a Santa Fe Strong shirt on Wednesday. His backup singers and band did the same. He told the crowd in Houston on Wednesday: "We're gonna light the whole arena, this whole city up for Santa Fe High School." He shared a photo of his second concert on Friday at Houston Toyota Center with the caption "Texas Strong."
The 37-year-old singer visited 16-year-old Sarah Salazar Friday morning before he performed. According to a GoFundMe page created by Salazar’s aunt to raise money for her medical bills, she “was shot from the neck down to her thigh.” She is waiting for a shoulder replacement and reportedly, her jaw and rib fractures have been taken care of. The student is reported to be in a “fair condition“ but she still has a “long road to recovery“.
Sonia Lopez-Puentes, Salazar’s mother shared a photo of Timberlake’s visit on Facebook. “Justin Timberlake visited Sarah Salazar this morning and brought her a gift," she wrote as the photo’s caption.
Timberlake is not the only artist who cares for the survivors of the shooting. Many artists took to social media to offer their condolences.
Devastated to hear about Santa Fe High School this morning. Our hearts go out to those affected 💛— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) May 18, 2018
My prayers go out to everyone affected by the Santa Fe School shooting. Something needs to change. kids should not have to fear for their life while going to school, they should feel safe. We need control— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) May 18, 2018
At Billboard Music Awards 2018, Kelly Clarkson pulled everyone’s attention to this tragedy. In her speech, she said: "Once again, ya'll, we're grieving for more kids who have died for no reason at all."
Our thoughts go out to the victims of this senseless act.