Jessica Alba calls for end to gun violence

Los Angeles, Aug 1 (IANS) At the Teen Choice Awards here, actress Jessica Alba gave a passionate tribute to those affected by gun violence.

The 35-year-old star invited a group of teenagers who had lost their family members to gun violence onto the stage — along with the son of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, who was shot several times in Baton Rouge by the police — and asked each one of them to introduce themselves, reports mirror.co.uk.

“(They) share an unlikely bond that is hard to comprehend,” Alba told the crowd.

“They are the brothers, sisters, daughters, and family members of recent victims of gun violence. I’m talking about Aurora, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown. It keeps happening and it has to stop. Many of those impacted by these acts of violence are teens,” she added.

After each of the teens spoke out with their name and their story, Alba said: “Tonight we stand together with these teens.”

“United in a call for peace and an end to this violence. Now more than ever we need to stop, feel, and ask, ‘What’s going on?'” she added.

R&B singer Ne-Yo later joined the tribute, as he took to the stage and sang Marvin Gaye’s “What’s going on”.

–IANS

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