Drake Breaks Silence on OVO Fest Afterparty Shooting: ‘I Have Been in a Moral Bind’

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Drake has broken his silence on the shooting that killed two at an OVO Fest afterparty earlier this month. 

The rapper shared a statement on the OVO blog Friday (Aug. 14, 2015) offering his condolences to the families of the two people who were shot and killed outside Muzik nightclub in Toronto, Canada.

Prior to his blog post, Drake had not made a public statement on the shooting, but admits he chose to follow his heart and speak out about the violence that occurred.

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.

I pray for better times and better understanding.

- DRAKE

The shooting occurred on Aug. 4 at around 3:30 a.m. just hours after Drake performed a sold-out headlining show at Molson Amphitheatre. The victims were identified as Duvel Hibbert, 23, whom police say was targeted on the club patio. Innocent bystander Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, was also killed in the crossfire outside, after she and her friends were refused a cab ride home because they were only going a short distance.

Police are still searching for two suspects in connection with the shootings.

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