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Baltimore Ravens guard and Waukesha, Wisconsin, native Kevin Zeitler announced Tuesday that he and his wife, Sara, will help cover funeral and medical expenses of victims of the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy Sunday. Six people died and at least 62 were wounded when an SUV barreled through the parade.
"In light of the recent tragic events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on November 21st, 2021, we want our community to know that we see them, love them, and we're here for them," the Zeitlers wrote on Twitter. "Our primary goal is to have the focus remain on the families who were directly impacted by last weekend's tragedy and to help make sure any financial burdens are taken care of. We feel that the best way to help the affected families is to assist with funeral and medical expenses by donating to the fund which was set up by United Way and the Waukesha County Community Foundation. Together, we are #WaukeshaStrong."
Upon returning to Baltimore on Sunday from the Ravens' game against the Chicago Bears, Zeitler shared on Twitter that he had grown up attending the annual parade, sending condolences to the families affected.
Just landed back in Baltimore and now seeing the horrifying videos and images from my hometown Waukesha WI. I attended that parade every year growing up and can’t fathom this happening. My prayers are with those affected and the responders
— Kevin Zeitler (@kzeit70) November 22, 2021
A 39-yeard-old Milwaukee man in an SUV plowed through barricades during Waukesha's annual Christmas parade. The man has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and is expected to be charged with a sixth count for the death of an 8-year-old boy.
Other players with ties to Waukesha also shared that they would be donating to the Waukesha County Community Foundation, including Pitsburgh Steelers fullback Derek Watt and Steelers linebacker Joe Schobert.
Contributing: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Waukesha parade victims to get financial help from several NFL players