Luke Bryan Leads 70,000 in a Moment of Silence After Orlando Shooting During CMA Fest Performance

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Taking the stage not even 24 hours after the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, Luke Bryan used his time in the spotlight to take a moment to honor the victims and their families.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, an American who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS killed 50 people at an Orlando nightclub and injured 53 others. Authorities are saying it’s the worst terrorist attack since 9/11.

During the closing night of CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, Bryan took a moment and asked fans, “let’s think about all those families that have been affected in Orlando, Florida and what happened in our great nation last night, so let’s take a moment to pray for all the families and everybody.”

The crowd was in complete silence before Bryan began playing his No. 1 hit, “Drink A Beer.” Bryan then asked for all the lights to be cut off in the stadium and for fans to shine their cell phone lights in unison.

It was a true moment of togetherness.