Tom Garfinkel, president and CEO of the Dolphins, called on politicians to seek solutions to mass shootings following the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland on Wednesday.
“How do we stop this?” Garfinkel wrote on Twitter. “When will there be proactive change from our government leaders to address the complexity of why this keeps happening? Praying for those affected in Parkland. And Orlando, and Columbine, and Sandy Hook, and every other senseless and tragic shooting.”
As the sun rose Thursday morning, more was being learned about Aaron Feis, the football coach at Douglas who shielded students from the bullets.
Feis was shot and killed.
Although the Dolphins hosted area high school football teams during practice last season, Douglas was not among them. Jason Jenkins, senior vice president of communications and community affairs, said the organization will invite the team to the training facility in Davie in 2018.
The Dolphins also told The Post that both current Fins players and alumni are expected to appear at a vigil this evening at Pine Trails Amphitheater in Parkland. The team is also planning to make a donation to the school’s gofundme account.
Several Dolphins players tweeted condolences for the 17 dead and their families.
“It saddens me that innocent kids are put in danger by just simply going to school,” wrote cornerback Tony Lippett. “I’m praying for the families and everybody that was affected by this tragedy & praying for better days.”
Lippett was retweeted by safety Michael Thomas, who coincidentally is serving a three-week stint working in the Washington office of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
Receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted an image of two hands together with the words, “Parkland … Many Prayers.”
He later tweeted, “Nobody deserves this.”
Guard Jermon Bushrod wrote, “I feel terrible for all the Victims family and friends because it will affect so many people. I pray for strength for those who are hurting.”
The tragedy is personal to Jenkins.
“With two young children going to school less than a mile away from Stoneman Douglas, our family is still trying to make sense of this tragedy as we drop them off today,” Jenkins wrote. “I can’t thank @browardsheriff @browardschools @RobertwRuncie enough for keeping us informed and the strength and courage of everyone impacted by this senseless act #community #hugyourchildren #toughmorning #msdstrong #parkland #prayforparkland.”
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