BUFFALO, N.Y. — Thurman ThomasThe Associated Press was informed by him and his former colleagues that they will be in Buffalo this week to support the families of victims from the shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.Hall of Fame back in operation
Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed and defensive end Bruce Smith are among those expected to make the trip, as is Thomas, and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly who, like Thomas, lives in the region.
“Those guys instantly said, “We'll come here this week because it's our town.” Thomas stated, “We love it and want to support it.” They want to know what they can do to help. After all, they have been a part this community for many years and want to continue helping.
Thomas, who already pledged $10,000 in support to the victims' families through his charitable foundation, said it was too premature to provide details.
On Saturday, a white 18 year-old opened fire on a Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo's predominantly Black neighborhood. Officials have called the attack “racially motivated violent Extremism”. The shooting spree resulted in the deaths of ten people.
These four Hall of Famers were crucial members of the Buffalo teams which won four consecutive AFC championships. However, they lost each year in the Super Bowl.
This report was compiled by the Associated Press.