Los Angeles, CA — A tearful Jessica Alba led an emotional tribute to victims of gun violence during the Teen Choice Awards Sunday evening in Los Angeles, taking the stage with Alton Sterling’s son, victims from Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre and teen family members from tragedies including 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, 35.”They are the brothers, sisters, daughters, and family members of recent victims of gun violence: I’m talking about Aurora, Baton Rogue, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown,” she said.
Joining her were JT Lewis, brother of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis; Jolene and Colin Verdehyou, who lost their mother in the San Bernardino shooting; the aunt of Cederrius Hastings, who was killed in an Atlanta drive-by shooting; Jamal, Justin, and Myreanna, who lost brother Jason Josaphat in Orlando; Patience Carter, a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting; and Alton Sterling’s son, Cameron Sterling.
“A few weeks ago Cameron’s world was turned upside down when he learned his father, Alton Sterling, was killed while selling CDs out of a store in Baton Rogue,” Alba said. “It keeps happening, and it has to stop,” continued the actress. “Many of those impacted by these acts of violence are teens.”
The family members on stage then went on to introduce themselves, while Alba explained their relationship to the victim.
After each of the teens spoke out with their name and their story, Jessica said: “Tonight we stand together with these teens.”
She added: “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?’”
Ne-Yo later joined the tribute, as he took to the stage and sang Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On.