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Celebrities take to social media to aid Washington, D.C. authorities in their efforts to locate over a dozen missing teenage girls.

Previously reported, this week, Washington, D.C. made headlines after the city’s Metropolitan Police Department took to social media, tweeting out names of missing-persons — a number of teenage Black and Latina girls.

While officials are adamant that the over 30 names reflect only the fact that the department just recently began requesting the community’s help in order to close cases, an overwhelming number of people have voiced their concern, insisting the number of missing girls points to a much larger problem — how missing persons of color have become far too common, both in D.C. and across the nation. Not to mention the serious lack of coverage on the media’s part as opposed cases involving White people who have gone missing.

Now, everyone from “NCIS” star L.L. Cool J to Viola Davis, Diddy and more are sounding off with their thoughts and pleas to bring our daughters, friends, classmates… home.

“I want #missingdcgirls trending!!!!!” the rapper demanded via Twitter. Meanwhile, Davis shared a brief video clip, highlighting the faces of the missing girls as well as a contact number for anyone who may have pertinent information regarding the unsolved cases. “If you have any information on the missing teens in this video, please call 202-727-9099 #MissingDCGirls,” she wrote.

Of course, LL and Viola were only a handful of stars including Gabrielle Union, Tina Knowles, Sophia Bush, Taraji P. Henson, Jurnee Bell-Smollett and many more who have sounded off with their concerns. Hit the flip for the reactions below.

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  • Sabrina Gields

    Facebook Family, help me send prayers of strength to Starlene Marsh, her son my 15 year old cousin Talcom Buggs has been missing since the 17th of March. Family when I tell you this tears my heart to shreds. He was at the retirement home visiting his grandparents on his spring break from NY, He went downstairs in the facility to get something and come back to his grandparents room, and haven’t been seen since. His picture is posted below, if you know of his where abouts or have seen him please call Mt. Morris Township Police tip line at (810) 785-5785. Thank You.
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    Starlene Marsh
    March 23 at 2:04pm ·
    **** HAVE YOU SEEN ME****
    TALCOLM ARNELL BUGGS
    DOB 5/16/01 AGE: 15

    LAST SEEN MARCH 16, 2017 AROUND 1PM
    IN THE AREA OF LINDEN ROAD AND PIERSON ROAD!!!!!!
    WEARING BROWN JEANS WHITE T-SHIRT ALL GREEN NIKE HI-TOPS AND A BLUE JACKET…. IF ANYONE KNOWS OF HIS WHEREABOUTS PLEASE CONTACT THE MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT!!!!!
    OFFICER ZILINSKI 810-785-1311
    OR
    CONTACT MOM STARLENE MARSH ON FACEBOOK

    PLEASE SHARE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Help us Jesus, Lord we need your help. Please stand with us were attempting to reach out to CNN, to report this and spread the word. Thank You

  • SrAgri

    What most people don’t realize is that the population of the nation’s capital does not reflect the population of the nation. Washington DC is 50% black and 9% Hispanic. Only 39% of the residents are white. The majority of missing person cases will be persons of color.

    Since 2012, about 200 juveniles are reported missing each month in DC. If you assume that girls go missing at about the same rate as boys, that means that about 100 girls go missing each month. So, in two months, about 120 black or latina girls would be expected to go missing. In the same two months, about 80 white girls would be expected to go missing, based directly on population.

    According to police, the vast majority of missing juveniles, regardless of race, have run away from home. DC is a relatively high-crime city. Crime stresses the family unit, resulting in more runaways.

    A bunch of celebrities who have no idea what’s going on have decided to weigh in on a situation that they do not understand and whip everyone up into a frenzy. They have succeeded.