Breonna Taylor’s life is being remembered on Friday, June 5, on what would have been her 27th birthday.
Taylor died on March 13, when police stormed her Louisville apartment, with a no-knock warrant, shooting her eight times. Taylor worked as an EMT.
But now, people all over the world are demanding justice for her death, as well as George Floyd, who was killed last month while in police custody.
As of right now, the three police officers involved in Taylor’s shooting have not been charged.
Protesters outside the White House gathered through the rain to sing Taylor “Happy Birthday”.
Breonna Taylor would have turned 27 today. These protesters have stayed through torrential rain and are now singing happy birthday to Breonna in front of the White House. pic.twitter.com/AGwfEz3ZSk
— Perry Stein (@PerryStein) June 6, 2020
To honour Taylor’s life and senseless killing, stars like Cardi B, Lizzo and Kelly Ripa are sharing tributes to social media. Even Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer appeared on “Good Morning America” to honour her late daughter.
“In that brief moment, where people forgot about her for two months at a time, people need to know that Breonna Taylor mattered and that Breonna Taylor was great,” she said.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 5, 2020
“Happy Birthday #BreonnaTaylor,” Cardi B wrote to Twitter. “She looks so pretty and fine in this pic. Her story, it’s so sad and unfair and it almost didn’t get picked up by the media. Kentucky police department really tried to sweep her case under the rug, but got this BIG. The fight ain’t over till you get justice.”
Happy Birthday #BreonnaTaylor .She looks so pretty and fine in this pic.Her story it’s so sad and unfair and it almost didn’t get picked up by the media.Kentuky police department really tried to sweep her case under the rug,but got is BIG.The fight ain’t over till you get justice pic.twitter.com/LuZFu4tlFF
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) June 5, 2020
Lizzo wrote, “Today would’ve been Breonna Taylor birthday. She should be here. Instead, she was murdered by police in what they’re calling a “clerical error”. They barged into her home without knocking and shot her in her sleep. She worked for us during the COVID pandemic, she was an innocent civilian. SAY HER NAME. DEMAND JUSTICE ON HER BIRTHDAY. NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.”
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Today would’ve been #breonnataylor birthday. She should be here. Instead she was murdered by police in what they’re calling a “clerical error”. They barged into her home without knocking and shot her in her sleep. She worked for us during the covid pandemic, she was an innocent civilian. SAY HER NAME. DEMAND JUSTICE ON HER BIRTHDAY. NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE. @govandybeshear @senatemajldr @drrandpaul @danieljaycameron MAKE THIS RIGHT. Post by @ju.niyah 🌸
In a new op-ed written for Entertainment Weekly, John Legend shared a moving tribute, “Now is the time for us to join together and emphatically SAY HER NAME. Black women created this call to action because we continue to wrongly talk about the generations-long crisis of police and vigilante violence in a gendered way, as if it only happens to Black men.”
He continued, “Today I use my platform to demand justice for this essential person, this woman, daughter, sister, and friend. While her loved ones need to be indeed in our prayers on this hard day, we also must commit to never stop fighting for justice in her name. As we continue to work towards systemic change, I join Breonna’s community in the immediate demand for justice.”
Ripa shared Taylor’s photo to Instagram, writing, “Today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. She was an award-winning EMT, and still months later, no arrests have been made for her death.”
And Julia Louis-Dreyfus says, “On her 27th birthday, please demand justice for Breonna Taylor.”
Take a look at what other stars had to say:
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 5, 2020
Today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. She was an award-winning EMT who was shot and killed when police entered her home on a no-knock warrant.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 5, 2020
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) June 5, 2020
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Today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. She was an award-winning EMT and first responder in Louisville, KY, who loved helping her patients and her community. "She was an essential worker. She had to go to work," her mother, Tamika Palmer said of her dedication to standing on the frontlines of this pandemic. "She didn't have a problem with that." On the night of March 13th, the Louisville Metro Police executed a warrant, looking for drugs they never found, reportedly trafficked by a person who did not live with Breonna or in her complex-and whom they already had in custody. They sprayed her home with 20 rounds, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her in her bed. Neither the Louisville Metro Police nor Mayor Greg Fischer have given her mother any answers. "Not one person has talked to me. Not one person has explained anything to me," Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, said in an interview. "I want justice for her. I want them to say her name. There’s no reason Breonna should be dead at all." Words by: www.justiceforbreonna.org @LMPD.ky, @MayorGregFischer, and @GovAndyBeshear – we are looking at you. #breonnataylor #justiceforbre
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) June 5, 2020
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) June 5, 2020
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather (@JanelleMonae) June 5, 2020
Breonna Taylor would have been 27 today. She was sleeping in her bed on March 13th when police broke into her apartment without announcing themselves. Her boyfriend tried to defend himself not knowing it was police.… https://t.co/WfAdMlr6ha
— Stephen Moyer (@smoyer) June 5, 2020
— Josh Jackson (@VancityJax) June 5, 2020
Let me try this one more time. The circumstances of Breonna Taylor's murder are truly horrendous. Please read and sign this petition to amount pressure towards justice. #BreonnaTaylor https://t.co/U67751gp2w
— Hozier (@Hozier) June 4, 2020
I donated to #breonnataylor’s family today to honor her on her birthday. If you can help her family by donating please do so, if you can’t afford to donate, there are so many other things you can do to fight to bring her murderers to justice: https://t.co/Zf8lcsllRP
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) June 5, 2020
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) June 5, 2020
There are many ways to help. Sign the petition, donate to Breonna’s family via Go Fund Me link, post birthday cards, make art, make noise, demand change: https://t.co/UCs4AeKKml! Happy Birthday, Breonna 💓#breday #breonnataylor #sayhername
Artist: Nick Mantle
— Chrissy Metz (@ChrissyMetz) June 5, 2020
I just signed a petition to stand with Breonna Taylor. You should too: https://t.co/vimORtrPv2
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) June 5, 2020
Today would’ve been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. The police who killed her have still not been detained or arrested. Scroll for resources where you can text or call to affect change. Link in my bio for an instant… https://t.co/hn0nnTcjvw
— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) June 5, 2020
Just donated again in honor of what should have been #BreonnaTaylor’s 27th birthday – match me at the link below if that’s something you can do, if not you can sign the petition or follow instructions on how to help with a phone call or social post- many ways to take action 💕 pic.twitter.com/13nzodZ3LI
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) June 5, 2020
Today is Breonna Taylor’s birthday. Here are two actions you can take. See thread below. ⬇️ https://t.co/xqEHuTJe8F
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 5, 2020
Let’s celebrate Breonna Taylor’s 27th heavenly birthday! #SayHerName and show the world her life mattered. #BlackLivesMatter #justiceforbreonnataylor #BirthdayForBreonna OFFICIAL GOFUNDME https://t.co/9Ro1IBD6x6 pic.twitter.com/2Kax6QVATG
— Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) June 5, 2020
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Look at this gorgeous young woman. Gone. This story is unimaginably brutal and cruel, and heartbreaking. It makes me so sick and angry. It would be beautiful #BreonnaTaylor ‘s 27th birthday today and since she cannot celebrate we must honor her…and what better way than bringing these officers to justice for taking her life. Swipe left to help! I’m calling now!
Today Breonna would’ve been celebrating her 27th birthday but instead she was murdered in her bed by police that are calling it a “clerical error” let’s demand justice for her today and here’s how 👇🏾👇🏾#BreonnaTaylor #BreonnaTaylorBirthday pic.twitter.com/uHZgPxzvKr
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) June 5, 2020
Today, Breonna Taylor should have been celebrating her 27th birthday.
It has been 84 days since she was brutally killed by police officers. None of them have yet been charged with her murder.
We demand justice. NOW. pic.twitter.com/japnwRyFk4
— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) June 5, 2020
Breonna Taylor should have turned 27 today.
She was murdered in her home by police officers who continue to walk free.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 5, 2020
Today should have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. But her life was horrifically taken by officers who still have not been charged 84 days later. Keep up the calls for justice. #SayHerName
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 5, 2020
Breonna Taylor should be turning 27 today. But like so many Black people in America, she was murdered by police. In her memory, we must do the fierce work necessary to secure justice and real reform. The officers who took her life must be held accountable.
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 5, 2020
Breonna Taylor would have been 27 years old today. She isn’t, because three Louisville cops shot her to death in her own bedroom. No arrests have been made. I wrote last month about the slain EMT and why she was essential, long before the pandemic arrived. https://t.co/9O91ISvC9s
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 5, 2020
Breonna Taylor died on March 13, when police officers executed a no-knock warrant at her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, and shot her eight times. Today would have been her 27th birthday.https://t.co/7qhfkAPZkc
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) June 5, 2020