Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was born and raised in Las Vegas. Naturally, he was hit hard by the mas shooting that unfolded on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night.
In light of the mass shooting that has left over 50 people dead and at least 500 injured, Harper issued a statement on social media Monday morning.
“The pride of Vegas runs deep when you are born and raised in such a great town. I can’t fathom the horrific event that has taken place,” Harper wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have been affected by this and to all the people that have lost their lives way too soon! Las Vegas, I love you and stand with you.”
A relief effort to help ease the financial burden that will ensue for the victims is underway at GoFundMe.
In only five hours, the predetermined goal of $1 million has nearly been reached. Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak started the campaign and says the money will go towards providing “relief and financial support to the victims and families.”
With the Major League Baseball playoffs around the bend for Harper and the Nationals, this will surely weigh heavy on his heart. Word is just starting to get out about particular people who were injured in the shooting, including University of Nevada Las Vegas hockey team assistant coach Nick Robone.