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Drake Post-‘Back To Back’ — Issues Official Statement Regarding OVO Fest After-Party Shooting

Drake’s “Back To Back” was a sensational hit, especially at OVO Fest. However, two people were shot and killed at the after-party. Today, Drizzy made an official statement.

Drake expressed that he understands and is used to the fact that the things he says are “closely watched.” However, with this particular thing, he’s had a difficult time coming to terms on what to say — rather, how to say it. Via his October’s Very Own blog, Drizzy released a statement for the public, specifically, to Toronto.

“The last few days I have been in a moral bind.

“I am used to the fact that my life and the things I say to my fans are‎ closely watched. It’s tough in situations like this where there’s a tragedy and I consider the advice of my trusted advisors and counsel who worry that anything I might say could be misinterpreted.

“However, today I am choosing to follow my heart.

“I am plagued and pained by the violence that continues to escalate in our city. I stare into the eyes of so many young people and I wish to see them all shine as bright as they possibly can in this lifetime. I encourage my generation to show as much value and gratitude as you can for the lives we have been gifted.

“My deepest condolences go out to the Navarro-Fenoy and Hibbert families for their loss of Ariela and Duvel. Along with them I send my condolences to all of the families that have lost loved ones to the senseless violence that has and continues to occur in our city.

“Although Toronto is globally viewed as a major city, at the core we are still a small close-knit community, and it is our public responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of one another. We need each other to further our communities for generations to come.

“I pray for better times and better understanding.

– DRAKE”

According to Complex, the shooting happened at Muzik Night Club in Toronto, on August 3, 2015. Ariela was 26-years-old and Duvel was 23, as reports Entertainment Tonight. Along with the two people who died from gunshot wounds, three more were reported as injured at Drake’s OVO Fest’s after-party.

How do you think Drake is dealing with this situation? Do you think it had anything to do with the beef with Meek Mill? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

[Video Credits: Entertainment Tonight; Photo Credits: Instagram]