In light of the tragic Waukesha parade carnage, in which six people were killed when a vehicle intentionally drove into the crowd during a Christmas parade, NFL star JJ Watt has promised to fund the costs of all the victims’ funerals, as Newsner reported.
Former Badger star Watt has taken similar steps in the past. A year after the Santa Fe High School shooting and Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas, Watt raised $37 million from a target of $200,000 to rebuild the affected areas.
No need to say that the devastating attack has sent shockwaves through the United States and abroad. Thirteen youngsters are hospitalized, six are still in severe condition.
A sixth person, a child, has passed away last Tuesday Nov.23, from the injuries.
J.J. Watt, the Arizona Cardinals defensive end, has said that he will reimburse the burial expenses for those who lost their lives during the attack as a sign of sympathy and goodwill.
A Twitter user, Cory Jennerjohn said: “J.J. Watt is covering the funeral costs for everyone that lost their lives in the Waukesha Christmas Parade, an amazing gesture. He has such a huge heart.”
Witnesses recall that the SUV was “intentionally moving side to side” with no attempt to slow down or stop as it struck multiple people, according to CBS Chicago.
One witness who spoke to the police said the SUV “continued to drive in a zigzag motion, it’s trying to avoid vehicles, not people,” the witness added “There was no attempt made by the vehicle to stop, much less slow down.”
After attending Pewaukee High and the University of Wisconsin, Watt was a first-round NFL draft choice. Watt is originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The 32-year-old star hasn’t held back when it comes to show his compassionate soul. Watt helped Harvey’s victims by raising $37 million back in 2017. At the time, he was outspoken about the significance of influencing others outside of the field.
“Everything that you do on the field [pales] in comparison to what you do off the field,” Watt stated. “And at the end of my life, if I’m remembered as a football player, and a good football player, and that’s all I’m remembered for, then I did a poor job in my life.”
Watt used Twitter to express his grief over the weekend’s tragedy, “Just now seeing what happened at the holiday parade back home in Waukesha,” he is whole-hearted, “hoping everyone is going to be ok and those not involved are now safe. Thankful to everyone who rushed to action and helped the wounded.”
May the souls of those who died in Sunday’s Christmas Parade tragedy rest in peace. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this terrible time. A heartfelt thanks to J.J. Watt for his generous and caring act.