Chris Guerra

by (@hallekiefer)

Photographer Convinced Justin Bieber Smoking Pot And Driving; Bieber Sends “Thoughts And Prayers” To Family

Justin Bieber Sends Prayers To Dead Paparazzo's Family

In a turn-of-events that should give everyone in the celebrity gossip industry pause, TMZ reports that deceased photographer Chris Guerra was allegedly tailing Justin Bieber‘s car yesterday because he was convinced he had seen Justin smoking pot and driving. As if this whole story didn’t make our minds hurt already, their source holds Bieber partly to blame for Guerra being fatally struck by a car while taking photos, claiming “the singer’s reckless driving history and alleged pot smoking” were too tempting a story to pass up.

Meanwhile, Justin himself offered words of condolence to Guerra’s family and friends today. “While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” he said in a statement. “Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves.” As for Miley Cyrus’ outraged Twitter comments in defense of Bieber, TMZ’s source declared, “Good Christians that I know … don’t throw stones at people who get killed.” Yes, there is not one aspect of this story that does not make our hearts shrivel up like a bunch of sad raisins.

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