Many around the country were in disbelief after 13 Buffalo residents were shot during Saturday's horrific hate crime committed by Payton Gendron, leaving 10 people dead.
The tragic shooting caused a reaction from many in the Buffalo Bills locker room. Micah Hyde, who held a charity softball game at AAA Buffalo Bison's stadium -- only 24 hours after the shooting despite having discussions of postponing it. Hyde told reporters that he will pledge to a part of the proceeds made at the softball game to the families of the victims.
Josh Allen was also attended the event where he had a a lot to say regarding the tragedy that took place at a Buffalo supermarket.
Immediately following the shooting, Allen, who said he was flying back from his sister graduation, went to Twitter to express how heartbroken he is for the families involved and the city of Buffalo.
"Extremely hard to express the emotions right now," Allen said on Twitter Saturday night. "Absolutely heartbroken for the victims and their families, and for the City of Buffalo."
After winning the Home Run Derby at Hyde's charity event, Allen talked to reporters where he said the Bills will be in the practice facility tomorrow and will set aside some time to discuss what their plans are to help out the families involved in the despicable hate crime.
"You never thing it's going to happen in your community," he said Sunday, "and when it does, it hits home. I was sick to my stomach all day yesterday. I was flying back from my sister's graduation, and it was just gut-wrenching, It really is. "Again, we'll talk as a team tomorrow and kind of figure out what we want to do, but there's no doubt that we're going to do something."
The teen who orchestrated the incident, Payton Gendron, 18 posted a racist manifesto online before opening fire at a Tops Supermarkets in Buffalo. According to documents obtained by Buffalo News, Gendron's goals were to “kill as many Blacks as possible,” “avoid dying,” and “spread ideals.”
The FBI is currently investigating the shooting as a hate crime, being that Gordon was 230 miles away to a predominantly black town from where he shot 13 people at the supermarket.
Despite such a sad backdrop to the event, Hyde's softball game drew more than 10,000 people at Sahlen Field, raising more than $200,000. Some of the other Bills players that were at the event include — Dawson Knox, Tre’Davious White, and Jordan Poyer.
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