The Springfield native told Bethany Ramsey and others at Puff Apothecary in Dayton’s Oregon District on Sunday, Aug. 11, how sad he was to be visiting the neighborhood to raise awareness about gun violence in wake of the Aug. 4 mass shootings there.
Legend purchased clothing for his children with TV host Chrissy Teigen at Heart and Beck + Call and looked at hats at Brim before having dinner at Corner Kitchen and giving show at Blind Bob’s Bar, which is located near where a 24 year-old dressed in body armor used a semi-automatic pistol police say was modified to act like a rifle and killed nine people in the Oregon District one week ago.
Nearly 30 others were injured badly enough to require medical treatment.
Legend, who is best known for his songs “All of Me,” “Glory” and Ordinary People,” has appeared in the Dayton area with Whaley for political related events in the past.
Before the press conference with Whaley, Legend urged Dayton area residents to support and love each other and Oregon District’s businesses as they try to recover for the traumatizing shootings.
“Continue to support each other and be as loving and caring as we can with each other, and then I think we have to vote as if our lives depended on it because they really do. We need to vote for politicians that will support gun safety measures.”
Today, I visited the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio, and all stores are open for business. In light of last week's events, it is more important than ever for us to come together to support our local communities. pic.twitter.com/Sj2aQH76sT