#PrayForNice…and for the world
At least 84 people were killed in the horrific incident yesterday evening after a white truck was driven for over two kilometers along a promenade packed with revelers watching the annual Bastille Day fireworks. A further 100 people were injured, although both figures are expected to rise.
Celebrities and politicians paid tribute to the victims on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #PrayForNice tag, which quickly began trending worldwide.
Thousands of people including French DJ David Guetta and American socialite Paris Hilton, all posted about the incident.
On Instagram, Paris Hilton said in a long post, “So sad to hear of the horrific tragedies that happened in #Nice tonight. What is happening to our world? These senseless acts of violence to innocent people need to stop! Can’t we all just live our lives in love & peace? My heart & prayers go out to all the victims & their families. Truly heartbreaking.”
Kevin Jonas tweeted, “My heart goes out to France right now.”
Lance Armstrong shared, “Spent years living/training in Nice and all over the Côte d’Azur. Great memories I’d never trade. So sad seeing tonight’s tragedy.”
Simon Cowell also said, “Just heard the terrible news from Nice. I am shocked. My thoughts and prayers to all affected.”
Justin Timberlake also posted the “#PrayForNice” hashtag, while Olivia Wilde commented, “This is all too heartbreaking.”
Facebook activated its Safety Check feature yesterday night and many celebrities who were in the city were declared or marked safe.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson had been filming in Nice, and international singer Rihanna was also in the region for a concert, but producer Dana Brunetti assured us that they’re safe and sound.
Our local Ragheb Alama was also having a family in the city last night but was marked safe.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to the numerous victims.