After this past weekend’s mass shootings at an El Paso Walmart and in Dayton, Ohio, the NFL and Dallas Cowboys worked together to help families of the victims. This came via the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation, as both sides donated $50,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ Fund, as USA TODAY’s Jori Epstein reported.
The Cowboys also donated money to the Dayton victims’ fund. The NFL Foundation also donated $150,000 to both funds.
“It’s just unthinkable and a tragedy,” Jerry Jones said Sunday. “Obviously we all want to think how can we make different those issues. I’m sure all Americans are thinking that way.”
This news comes less than a week after the previous incident on August 3. The team was practicing at training camp in Oxnard, California. Cowboys players also spoke out on the issues of gun violence on social media.
Cowboys executive Charlotte Jones Anderson is the chair of the NFL Foundation and is set to announce they will be adding a $50,000 to the El Paso victim relief fund.
Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News posted this video of Jones on Twitter:
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El Paso Shooting
Patrick Crusius opened fire at the El Paso Walmart and was later taken into custody by Police. He killed 22 people and injured many more in the attack. For many, the issue of gun violence has risen to the forefront of the political world in the wake of this tragedy.
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.
It was “one of the most deadly days in the history of Texas,” said Abbott. A testament to how tough of a scene it was at that El Paso shopping center.
Police reported that the Crusius posted a four-page manifesto online which was saturated with white nationalist sentiments. The attack was followed up by another incident in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday morning.
Police in Dayton, say nine people were killed and at least 16 injured in the shooting, according to The Associated Press on Twitter. The Cincinnati Bengals have contributed money to the victims of that incident as well.
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