"It has to stop"

Jessica Alba takes stage with victims of gun violence for Teen Choice Awards tribute

At the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday evening in Los Angeles, Jessica Alba led a tribute to victims of gun violence alongside the son of Alton Sterling, victims from Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre, and teens who’d lost family in shooting tragedies that took place in Newtown, Aurora and Dallas.

“Here with me tonight are a group of brave teenagers who share an unlikely bond that’s hard to comprehend,” said Alba. “They are the brothers, sisters, daughters and family members of recent victims of gun violence … It keeps happening, and it has to stop. Many of those impacted by these acts of violence are teens.”

Sharing the stage with the actress were three siblings of Jason Josaphat, one of the 49 people killed during the Orlando nightclub shooting. Two other siblings who had been at the club with a cousin who was killed, also spoke. They had themselves been injured during the shooting — one took the stage using crutches. Other family members of victims join Alba included Cameron Sterling, the son of recent victim Alton Sterling, who was shot by police while selling CDs outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, and a teen who lost his 6-year-old brother in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The tribute ended with a performance of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” by NE-YO, who asked the crowd to show solidarity by taking out their phones. NE-YO encouraged audience members to share the moment on social media as well, using the hashtag #StopTheViolence.

Read the full story at People.


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