Philadelphia (CW Philly) — Following the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Riverdale’s Camila Mendes took to Twitter to express her anguish. The shooting had a profound effect on Mendes, as it occurred in her hometown, Parkland.
“#Parkland used to be my home, my sister attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas when I was in elementary school there. It’s devastating that such a violent tragedy happened in a place that I’ve always considered safe, a place that I associate with such innocent, childhood memories,” Mendes tweeted.READ MORE: The CW To Air Hopeful Environmental Documentary “2040” On Earth Day, Thursday, April 22
My heart goes out to all the families who are grieving the loss of a loved one, and for all the survivors who have to live with the trauma.
— Camila Mendes (@CamilaMendes) February 15, 2018READ MORE: PEOPLE & The CW Team Up For 2 Royal Primetime Specials
She continued, “My heart goes out to all the families who are grieving the loss of a loved one, and for all the survivors who have to live with the trauma.”MORE NEWS: Holiday Programming Updates: iHeartRadio Jingle Ball
On Thursday morning, 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.