News of the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 children and two teachers deeply impacted many, including artists in the country music industry. Many of them — including those from the Lone Star state — took to their social media channels to express their heartbreak and condolences for the families in Uvalde, Texas.
Maren Morris, who was born in Arlington, tweeted several hours after the incident on Tuesday evening (May 24): “18 [later confirmed 19] elementary children… a small classroom size. Imagine you walk down a hall & an entire class… GONE. I’ve already lost track of which shooting happened even a year ago. The victim’s families haven’t and never will. At this rate, this kind of violence only happens HERE.” Morris also shared a photo of one of the 10-year-old victims, whose family confirmed that he died in the Robb Elementary School shooting.
Fellow Texan Mickey Guyton said as news broke: “There are no words. I’m broken and terrified. As a mother when is enough enough.” The “Remember Her Name” artist has since shared other posts — including from poet Amanda Gorman, whose tweet was also shared by country icon Trisha Yearwood and others — and shared her heartbreak as identities of victims emerged, including a teacher whose family said that she “died a HERO” as she protected her students.
Kacey Musgraves, of Golden, said she’s “devastated” for Texas and for humanity. RaeLynn, of Baytown, “cant even imagine” the pain families are feeling, she said as she offered prayers and posted a widely-shared speech by Sen. Chris Murphy. Others, including Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Font, of Sugar Land, shared an emotional statement from actor Matthew McConaughey about his hometown (others, including LeAnn Rimes, also posted the statement from McConaughey).
Tyler Hubbard wrote a message on his Instagram story, along with the widely-shared, emotional statement by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who said he’s “tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there…. Enough.” Hubbard added that Kerr’s statement is: “How I feel exactly. My heart breaks every time I hear of the innocent lives taken. I have three kids and I tear up at the thought of what these families must be going through and feeling tonight. Can we please start finding solutions to this ongoing issue? This has to stop. No more innocent lives. Let’s do it for the kids if for no one else.”
His wife, Hayley Hubbard, echoed the sentiment on her own story. She said, among other posts: “It’s sad that the unthinkable is now all we can think about. I’m heartbroken for he families that lost their children or loved ones, I’m angry nothing has been done STILL after all these shootings, and I’m scared and sad for kids that have to live in a country where this has become normal. Something has to change.”
Jason Aldean’s wife, Brittany Aldean, wrote that the tragedy is “absolutely heartbreaking,” and said, “it’s all too much” as she thought about the families. Among other posts to her Instagram story, Jana Kramer expressed her own heartbreak, pledging to hold “my babies extra tight right now.” Runaway June's Jennifer Wayne, who welcomed her first child last month, wrote in a heartfelt statement on her Instagram story: “I just cant even comprehend this. After having a newborn, my entire existence has changed to trying to keep her alive and protect her… I cant imagine her being just carelessly taken away from me… the pain those families are going through is unimaginable. Praying so hard for them.”
Tim McGraw shared a lengthy statement, encouraging “real, unbiased dialogue and action about what/how to work toward a solution… This SHOULD NOT be acceptable. This is not normal.” Read McGraw’s statement below: