Local athletes react to the devastating news in Texas originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in a shooting Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced the death toll and named 18-year-old Salvador Ramos as the gunman. Ramos was killed by police officers responding to the scene, according to Abbott.
“The shooter was … an 18-year-old male who resided in Uvalde. It is believed that he abandoned his vehicle and entered into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun and he may have also had a rifle, but that is not yet confirmed," Abbott said Tuesday.
The shooting comes one week after 10 people were shot and killed at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, NY.
A number of athletes took to social media to share their reactions upon hearing the tragic news. Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum, New England Patriots running back Damien Harris, and ex-Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman were among them.
Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School is the deadliest elementary school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn.