NFL Star J.J. Watt Offers to Pay for Santa Fe’s High School Shooting Victims Funeral


Early Friday morning at Santa Fe High School, a gunman opened fire inside an art class killing 10 people. They were 9 students and a teacher. The shooting took place just 30 miles outside Houston. As the news was breaking, J.J Watt, Houston Texan pro bowl defensive end, spoke of the horror on Twitter. He also offered to pay for the funerals of the 10 victims.

Students say that Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a seventeen-year-old student at Santa Fe High School opened fire after barging into a classroom armed with a shotgun and pistol. The mass killing is one in a long list of fatal attacks on campuses in the US.

Watt has been an active member of the Houston community. He is widely known for his charitable works last year after his fundraiser to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey raised more than $37 million. His recent gesture of goodwill comes in the wake of him being named the NFL’s 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year.  The league’s top community service honour. In addition to Watt’s generosity, the Texans released a statement on the shooting.

“On behalf of the Texans organization, we are saddened by the tragic events at Santa Fe High School this morning and extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected. We are grateful for the brave first responders, law enforcement officials and medical personnel. The Texan family will continue to pray for our neighbours.”

The NFL star teaches us not only can we do good in our communities, but we can also be the voice that can be heard when circumstances aim to shut us down. #Rewordit


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