Drake breaks si­lence on night­club shoot­ing, in ‘moral bind’

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Cana­dian rap­per Drake has bro­ken his si­lence on a deadly shoot­ing at an af­ter- party for his mu­sic fes­ti­val at a down­town Toronto night­club 10 days ago.

In a state­ment posted to his web­site, Oc­to­ber’s Very Own, he said he has been in a “moral bind” be­cause his ad­vis­ers and lawyers wor­ried that any­thing he said could be mis­in­ter­preted, but he is “choos­ing to fol­low ( his) heart.”

Two peo­ple were killed and three oth­ers were in­jured af­ter shots were fired Aug. 4 at the crowded Muzik night­club, af­ter Drake’s OVO Fest.

Drake, born Aubrey Graham, writes that his “deep­est con­do­lences” go out to the fam­i­lies of Ariela Navarro- Fenoy, 26, and Du­vel Hib­bert, 23, who were killed in the shoot­ing.

“The last few days I have been in a moral bind,” he be­gins in his blog post.

He laments the “vi­o­lence that con­tin­ues to es­ca­late” in his home­town of Toronto and says it is Toron­to­ni­ans’ “public re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the safety and well- be­ing of one another.”

“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,” Drake wrote.

“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.”

Po­lice said they are look­ing for two sus­pects in the shoot­ings.

It re­mains un­clear whether Drake was in the club when the shoot­ing be­gan at about 3 a. m. Hib­bert was gunned down in­side Muzik in a tar­geted at­tack. Po­lice have re­fused to an­swer that ques­tion and Drake didn’t ad­dress it in his blog post.

Po­lice Urge Wit­nesses to

Speak Up

At a news con­fer­ence ear­lier in the week, Toronto Po­lice Chief Mark Saun­ders was re­peat­edly asked about Drake.

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­ceived very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion from the thou­sands of peo­ple who were at the club that night who might have been wit­nesses. Saun­ders said he wanted peo­ple to “do the right thing” and talk to po­lice.

Navarro- Fenoy was an in­no­cent by­stander, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice chief, when she was shot and killed out­side about a block away. Her fam­ily has de­manded an­swers and also asked Drake to speak out.

Af­ter the shoot­ing, the club said in a st ate­ment that its last pa­trons of the night were ex­it­ing the build­ing as gun­shots were heard. The club said it had over 70 se­cu­rity guards on duty and that visi­tors were in­spected with me­tal- de­tect­ing wands.

Po­lice said there were “high­pro­file en­ter­tain­ment fig­ures” at the party, but said they could not con­firm whether Drake and rap­per Kanye West were there at the time of the shoot­ing. Both ear­lier per­formed at Drake’s OVO Fest at a con­cert venue not far from the club.

“I pray for bet­ter times and bet­ter un­der­stand­ing,” Drake wrote at the end of his state­ment.

AP

In this June 27 file photo, Cana­dian singer Drake per­forms at the Wire­less fes­ti­val in Fins­bury Park, Lon­don.

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