The tragic shooting of then 26 years old Breonna Taylor has gained both national and international attention in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and celebrities are demanding justice for her.
They are speaking out on what would have been Breonna’s 27th birthday and demanding justice for the medical worker who was killed by police. She was tragically shot by Louisville cops in her own apartment on March 13. The African-American woman was sleeping in her bed with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, 27. It is claimed that the officers forcefully entered her apartment after obtaining a “no-knock” search warrant during an investigation. The investigation was originally targeting two men they believed were selling drugs out of a house far from Breonna’s home.
Rapper Cardi B took into her Instagram handle to wish the EMT a happy birthday. “The fight ain’t over till you get justice,” she captioned a photo of the young woman.
Beyonce, 38, shared a stunning artist rendering of Breonna by 18-year-old artist Gracie Lee. “Justice for Breonna. Click the link in my bio to take action,” the singer captioned the post, pointing to a page on her website with more information.
Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss shared a post on her Instagram commemorating Breonna and demanding those responsible for her death face the consequences. “Today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. A celebration and life stripped away when the police wrongfully broke into her house, riddling her with bullets in March,” she captioned the picture.
Bravo host Andy Cohen shared a picture of a beaming Breonna in her uniform. “No arrests have been made in the senseless murder of #breonnataylor. Today would’ve been her birthday,” he captioned the black-and-white photo. Fans thanked Andy for bringing the tragedy to their attention, which some have noted has been getting lost in the news cycle. “Thank you for bringing my attention to this tragedy. Your first post about her was the first I had heard of it. And I’m in southern Ohio- not that far from her home,” one follower commented.
Paris Hilton demanded justice for Breonna, posting a photo of her featuring the words “Say Her Name”. She captioned the Twitter post, “Today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th Birthday. She was an essential worker for the EMT who protected her community. The officers involved still have not been arrested. Honor this #BirthdayForBreonna by demanding justice for her & her family.”
Numerous other celebrities from around the world also took into their social media handles to demand justice for Breonna and other victims of racism.
Although the horrifying incident that took Breonna’s life happened almost three months ago, the FBI only opened an investigation this week. It comes amid the headline-making death of African-American man George Floyd, who died after Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, pinned him to the ground for almost nine minutes despite repeatedly telling him that he couldn’t breathe, during an arrest on May 25. Both of their deaths have prompted outcry as thousands of protesters, including celebrities, have taken to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.