July 1, 2022

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‘Devastated’ J.J. Watt tweets solemn message addressing Uvalde, Texas school shooting

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Former Houston Texans star J.J. Watt joined millions of Americans mourning on Tuesday night following the deadly events at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, where a lone gunman shot and killed 19 students and two adults before dying himself.

Like many others, Watt took to social media to express his shock and dismay at the carnage, tweeting he was “devastated” by the “horrifying” events in the state he once called home.

“Devastated doesn’t even begin to describe it,” Watt wrote. “Horrifying horrifying news coming out of Texas.” 


Watt’s response is unsurprising, given his prolific philanthropy in the state and continued support of Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In 2017, the then-Texan raised $37 million in relief for hurricane victims in the state, resulting in over 1,000 homes being built for displaced families. His message for Tuesday’s shooting victims followed other stark reactions from the sports world. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Tuesday night offered impassioned and damning words for Republican leaders for blocking a universal background check bill following news of the tragedy, pounding the table at a pregame press conference ahead of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

“When are we going to do something?” Kerr said, eyes welling with tears. “I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I’m tired of the excuses. I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough.”

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Texas Republican leaders issued tweets offering prayers for families of victims of the Uvalde shooting. 

“Heidi & I are fervently lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde,” tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). “We are in close contact with local officials, but the precise details are still unfolding. Thank you to heroic law enforcement & first responders for acting so swiftly.”

Texas authorities on Wednesday told reporters that the suspected shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, shot and killed his 21 victims in a single classroom inside the elementary school.



 

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