Drake is finally talking about the 2015 OVO Fest after party shooting that killed two people over a week ago.
The Canadian rapper took to his October’s Very Own blog, Friday, to release a statement about the Aug. 4 attack.
“The last few days I have been in a moral bind,” he wrote. “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,” Drake continued. “I stare into the eyes of so many young people and I wish to see them all shine as bright as they possible 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.”
The victims of the shooting, Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, and Duvel Hibbert, 23, were shot at a nightclub after-party for Drake’s annual music festival. Three others were injured in the shooting. No arrests were made and there are no suspects currently named. It is not clear whether or not Drake was at the venue at the time of the shooting.
“My deepest condolences go out to the Navarro-Fenoy and Hibbert families for their loss of Ariela and Duvel,” the statement read. “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.”
The 28-year-old rapper, known for taking on the task of representing his generation, urges the people of his native city, Toronto, to stand together to make their home a safer community.
“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,” Drake said. “We need each other to further out communities for generations to come. I pray for better times and better understanding.”