Lady Gaga surprised the crowd at the Los Angeles candlelit vigil for Orlando with an appearance and emotional speech honoring the victims of the recent shooting.
The “You and I” singer, dressed in black, gave her address through tears Monday night on the steps of city hall, which was later lit in rainbow lights in recognition of the national tragedy. The California and American flags were also at half mast.
“This is an attack on humanity itself. This is an attack on everyone,” Gaga stated. “Tonight, I gather humbly with you as a human being in peace, in sincerity, in commitment, in solidarity, to take a real moment and mourn the tragic loss of these innocent, beautiful people.”
To date, 50 people, including the shooter, have died from the Sunday shooting of The Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando. It is the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Gaga, a gay icon and bisexual woman, urged love in the face of hatred.
“Let’s all today pledge an allegiance of love to them and to their families who are suffering so deeply,” she declared. “They are sons and daughters, they are fathers and mothers. They are all our brothers and our sisters."
“I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies,” Gaga continued. “Not only me, but everyone here, we represent the compassion and the loyalty of millions of people around the world who believe in you. You are not alone. Tomorrow, I hope that we all race thoughtfully and loudly towards solutions."
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 14, 2016
“But tonight and right now, Orlando, we are united with you and we are here to remember,” she concluded, before beginning to read a list of names of those who died.
Watch her speech below.