Tonight’s Tony Awards ceremony (8/7c, CBS) will be dedicated to the “families and friends of those affected” by the Sunday-morning shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, which left upwards of 50 people dead and another 53 injured.
“Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando,” Tony organizers said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight’s ceremony to them.”
The attack — which ranks as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history — took place at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, early Sunday morning. The suspected gunmen has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Fla.
All of the major broadcast networks have pre-empted regular Sunday daytime programming for live coverage of the massacre.
The Pulse incident occurred just miles from Friday’s shooting death of Voice contestant Christina Grimmie.
In an address to the nation Sunday afternoon, President Obama said, “In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another. We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united as Americans to protect our people and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.”