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“On behalf of our country music community, I want to say that tonight’s show is lovingly dedicated to the 12 individuals whom we lost too soon just a week ago tonight,” Brooks said.
He urged viewers and the audience to “celebrate their lives.” Brooks then took off his hat and asked everyone to join him in a moment of silence. The names of those killed were shown on a black screen for television audiences.
Authorities are still trying to determine what led a former Marine to attack the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 7 during a country music dance night that drew area college students and other young people.
The bloodshed was the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of mass shootings that are happening with terrifying frequency across the United States.
It was the nation’s deadliest such attack since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
After the moment of silence, the show began with a rousing performance of Luke Bryan’s song “What Makes You Country.”
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