Dallas Cowboys Rally for El Paso Victims

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Mario Tama/Getty Images EL PASO, TEXAS - AUGUST 04: A sign is posted near the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart which left at least 20 people dead on August 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. A 21-year-old male suspect, identified as Patrick Crusius from a Dallas suburb, surrendered to police at the scene. At least 26 people were wounded in the shooting. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

After Saturday’s mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart and Cielo Vista Mall, where 20 people were killed and more injured, Dallas Cowboys players sparked dialogue about guns and rallied support for the victims and their families.

Their support came in a series of social media posts by players within the organization surfaced throughout Sunday morning and into the afternoon.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made this statement, according to USA TODAY’s Jori Epstein:

Hall of Fame Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith said on Twitter:

George Iloka Fuels Dialogue

Many players offered “thoughts and prayers,” while Texas native and Cowboys safety George Iloka started a dialogue about gun violence and how to deter it on his Twitter account:

IIoka proposes changes to help gun violence:

He takes on more questions from followers or otherwise:

He continues to interact with his followers:

He continues to facilitate a dialogue with one of his followers:

Other Players’ Comments

Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis joined Iloka on Twitter to make a statement:

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence sends his prayers to the El Paso community:

Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford also sends his prayers to the El Paso community.

The Texas-based team had players use their platforms to share many thoughts and prayers in the aftermath of the incident. Some also spoke out against guns on Twitter. Many current and former people associated with the National Football League also chimed in on the matter over the last 24 hours.

George Iloka stood out among Cowboys’ players on the political side of things. He interacted with people on Twitter during the tough time and was not afraid to disagree with his followers.
The team will likely get a chance to talk to the media and could give other players the platform to speak up on the matter and potentially give more insight and encouragement for those who need it the most.

Heavy will continue to add Cowboys’ posts as they become available to us.

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El Paso Shooting

On Saturday, the gunman, Patrick Crusius, opened fire at the El Paso Walmart and was later taken into custody by Police. He killed 20 people and injured many more in the attack.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Crusius’ crimes will be prosecuted “as both a capital murder but also as a hate crime,” according to BBC News.

Abbott described it as “one of the most deadly days in the history of Texas,” according to BBC News.

Police reported that the gunman posted a four-page letter online which had white nationalist sentiments. The attack was followed up by another incident in Dayton, Ohio overnight.

Police in Dayton, say nine people were killed and at least 16 injured in the early-Sunday shooting, according to The Associated Press on Twitter.

Heavy has plenty of coverage on both El Paso and Dayton shootings.

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