Justin Moore Gives Emotional Speech and 30K to Shooting Victims’ Families [Watch]
The gravity of the mass shooting that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year is not lost on Justin Moore. He felt compelled up to help those victims — and people across the country who have been affected by school shootings — by donating $30,000 to the MSD Fund, which aids those impacted by gun violence including the victims, survivors and first responders.
Moore headlined the inaugural #MSDCountryStrong concert at Florida Atlantic University in Baton Racon, Fla., just outside of Parkland on Friday (Sept. 21) to help raise more money for the victims and families of the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people, many of them kids.
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He also delivered an impassioned speech before launching into a performance of his poignant song "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," recognizing the men and women who serve, along with the first responders, teachers, police officers and security guards who help keep citizens safe on a daily basis.
"We want to send this out to all those who didn't make it back home. And it's really fitting today because it has taught me that it's not only our men and women, but it's our boys and girls who go to school one day and they don't make it back home," he says, as members of the crowd shout, "thank you, Justin!"
Moore also shared that the first single from his upcoming album will be titled "The Ones That Didn't Make it Back Home."
"I’m a father of four. I send each and every one of them to school every day and drop them off. Usually it’s late. But I drop them off each and every day. My first prayer is that they’ll come home safe that afternoon," he adds in a fan-captured video from the event. "I can’t even fathom what these families up here — and maybe some of you guys — have had to deal with and the difficulty this has caused. I’ve done a lot of charity events over the years benefiting so many different things. I’ll tell you what: This one has really touched me."
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