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J.J. Watt offers to pay for the funerals of the Santa Fe school shooting victims

Posted: 8:14 AM, May 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-19 15:23:18Z
J.J. Watt offers to pay for the funerals of the Santa Fe school shooting victims

J.J. Watt, a star defensive end for the Houston Texans, has offered to pay for the funerals of the victims of Friday's school shooting at Santa Fe High School, NFL.com reports.

Ten people were killed in the shooting on Friday morning, and another 10 were injured. A suspect is in custody and has reportedly confessed to the shooting. He's being held without bond on capital murder charges.

This wouldn't be the first time Watt has stepped up for the greater Houston community in the face of tragedy. When Hurricane Harvey devastated the region in 2017, Watt helped raise $37 million in relief funds in just weeks.

Watt was awarded the NFL's Walter Payton Award for his efforts, which is awarded to one player each year for excellence off the field.

Watt's Texans play less than an hour from Santa Fe High School.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.