In the wake of the deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, actor Niecy Nash is opening up about a personal connection she has with the victims and their families. Nash took to Instagram to pay tribute to those impacted by the massacre and shared that her brother, Michael Ensley, was also killed in a school shooting. “I’m so sad… my brother was killed on his high school campus,” Nash wrote. “It hits different cuz school is a place you should feel safe. I don’t wish it on anyone.”
Nash is not the only celebrity who shares a personal connection to the events that occurred in South Texas. Texas-native Matthew McConaughey has also spoken out about the tragic shooting, which occurred in his hometown. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” McConaughey wrote on Instagram. “The true call to action is now for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, ‘What is it that we truly value?'”
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