Bo Jackson helped cowl funeral bills for victims of the Uvalde college taking pictures

Former Raiders and MLB star Bo Jackson revealed this week that he has donated to funeral bills for the victims of the mass taking pictures at Robb Elementary College in Uvalde, Texas earlier this yr.

Jackson, who has no actual connection to the city apart from passing by means of it up to now on searching journeys, mentioned he merely felt compelled to assist after 19 college students and two academics had been killed in Might.

“I do not know if it is as a result of I am getting outdated. It is simply not proper for fogeys to bury their youngsters. It is simply not proper,” he instructed The Related Press.

“I do know each household out there may be in all probability struggling to do what they’re doing… The very last thing they wanted was to shell out 1000’s of {dollars} for one thing that ought to by no means have occurred.”

Jackson mentioned he and a good friend flew to Uvalde three days after the taking pictures. He met briefly with Texas Governor Greg Abbott earlier than donating $170,000 to cowl funeral bills. Abbott mentioned solely that they had been lined by an nameless donor, and whereas Jackson mentioned he wasn’t hiding something, he has but to publicly say he was concerned.

“We did not need the media,” Jackson mentioned, through the Related Press. “Nobody knew we had been there… Uvalde is only a city that will likely be remembered. Only a identify. I do not know a soul there. It simply touched me.”

On Might 24, a shooter shot 19 college students and two academics in Uvalde and injured greater than a dozen. The taking pictures was the deadliest at a US college for the reason that Sandy Hook bloodbath in Connecticut in 2012.

Legislation enforcement’s response to the taking pictures has come beneath fireplace in latest weeks and is the topic of a number of investigations. The taking pictures, together with a number of different high-profile shootings, has led to renewed push for stricter gun management legal guidelines within the nation.

Jackson — a uncommon achieved two-sport athlete who frolicked with the Kansas Metropolis Royals, Chicago White Sox, Angels and Raiders throughout his taking part in profession — was certainly one of numerous who spoke out on the day of the taking pictures to plead for change.

“I do not need to flip it into something [but] what it’s,” Jackson mentioned, through the Related Press. “I simply tried [with the donation] put slightly solar in somebody’s cloud, a really darkish cloud… These are youngsters. These are youngsters. These are youngsters.

“If that does not hassle you, there’s one thing incorrect with you.”

Bo Jackson mentioned he helped cowl funeral bills for the victims of the Uvalde college taking pictures in Might. (Stacy Revere/Getty Photos)

Leave a Comment

A note to our visitors

This website has updated its privacy policy in compliance with changes to European Union data protection law, for all members globally. We’ve also updated our Privacy Policy to give you more information about your rights and responsibilities with respect to your privacy and personal information. Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our updated privacy policy.