The George Zimmerman verdict came in just 30 minutes before Beyoncé’s show began at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
The show was a part of the singer’s “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” in which she called in a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin.
“I’d like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon,” the pop star said as the stage grew dark with just a few key lights shining.
A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman on all charges in the 2012 shooting death of Martin.
After Beyoncé and the crowd stood in silence for Martin she began to sing the chorus of “I Will Always Love You,” a song that seemed to fit the mood and setting.
Beyoncé was one of many celebrities who spoke out publicly to express their feelings about the verdict. Rapper young Jeezy released a song in Martin’s memory and Russell Simmons called for peace.
Jeezy’s song “It’s a Cold World (A Tribute to Trayvon Martin)” was posted to his Facebook page with the comment, “I am in no way shape, form, or fashion…trying to capitalize off of the latest series of events. These are my true feelings and my form of expression about it.”
Russell Simmons stated his support for the Trayvon Martin Foundation in a blog entry, which wishes to help repeal laws like Florida’s Stand You Ground Law. He closed the entry with, “God bless you little brother. Rest in peace.”
The entrepreneur and mogul also took to Twitter to ask that anyone upset with the outcome of the case channel their energy away from violence.
“If u have any anger this evening,” Simmons wrote on Twitter, “put that energy into challenging these horrible laws that allow overly-anxious neighborhood watchmen to carry guns and shoot innocent people.
Watch Beyonce sing “I Will Always Love You” (to Trayvon) at Nashville concert: