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“American Pie” singer Don McLean will not perform at this year’s National Rifle Association convention in Houston on Friday.
McLean told Fox News Digital that her performance would be “disrespectful” and “hurtful” after the recent tragic events of the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers.
“In light of recent events in Texas, I have decided that it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week,” McLean said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“I am sure that everyone planning to attend this event is equally shocked and sickened by these events. After all, we are all Americans. I share the grief of this terrible and cruel loss with the rest of the nation,” did he declare. concluded.
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McLean was one of many performers scheduled to take the stage at the NRA’s annual convention. Representatives for Lee Greenwood and Larry Gatlin confirmed to Fox News Digital that they are still planning to perform. A rep for Danielle Peck has confirmed to Billboard that she is also planning to perform.
A teenager opened fire at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, killing 19 children and two teachers. The shooter was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police. Some names of those killed began to emerge on Tuesday, often accompanied by photos of smiling children.
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Governor Greg Abbott identified the shooter as Salvador Ramos, a resident of Uvalde.
Two police officers were injured but are expected to survive, Abbott added.
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“Texans across the state mourn the victims of this senseless crime and the community of Uvalde. Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss, and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support for all who are suffering.” , Abbott said. said in a statement.
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace, Greg Norman and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.
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