BUFFALO, NY — Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas told The Associated Press that he and several former teammates are coming together in Buffalo this week to help support families of the victims from a shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.
Among those players expected to make the trip are Hall of Famers defensive end Bruce Smith and receiver Andre Reed, along with Thomas and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who like Thomas lives in the area.
“Those guys said right away, `We’ll be here this week because that’s our city. We love it and we want to be supportive,'” Thomas said. “They want to see what they can do and how they can help, because they were really a part of this community for a number of years and they want to continue to help.”
Thomas, who has already pledged $10,000 of support to the victims’ families from his charitable foundation, said it was too early to provide any details of the gathering.
The attack took place Saturday afternoon when a white 18-year-old man opened fire at a Tops Friendly Markets located in an efficiently Black neighborhood in Buffalo. Authorities have described the act as “racially motivated violent extremism.” Ten people were killed in the shooting spree.
The four Hall of Famers were key members of the Buffalo teams that won four straight AFC championships, though they lost in the Super Bowl each year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.