It's impossible to live in this country and not be devastated every time a new, tragic incident of gun violence hits us in a new locale.
Watching a Madden 19 tournament in downtown Jacksonville be attacked by a mad gunman certainly got the attention of many young people, including NFL stars, who were floored by the events that unfolded.
In fact, former Miami QB Brad Kaaya knew someone involved in the shooting.
Broke my heart to see my boy shot at on a Madden livestream. Praying for Eli and everyone else affected in Jacksonville today. 😞🙏— Brad Kaaya (@kaaya323) August 26, 2018
Ultimately, it was later revealed that Kaaya's friend was killed during the proceedings.
RIP Eli. He really loved and understood the game of Football...always gave the offense good looks on scout team defense and never complained about it.— Brad Kaaya (@kaaya323) August 26, 2018
Of course, whether they had a personal connection to the incident or not, plenty of players still felt a kinship with those on the scene.
RIP to the young man just playing a Madden tourney smh— Jalen Saunders (@jalen6saunders) August 26, 2018
After all, this was supposed to be a gathering and showing of love for the game of football.
Damn, praying for Jacksonville. This nonsense has to stop #prayforjacksonville— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) August 26, 2018
Kelvin Beachum of the Jets got highly personal with his well-wishes.
I’m speechless. Lifting up the Jacksonville community after today’s tragic event. A gaming tournament, a church, a movie theater, a school — people should feel safe in these places. Prayers to the families, witnesses, and those affected. 🙏🏾— Kelvin Beachum (@KelvinBeachumJr) August 26, 2018
Notre Dame alumni Ian Williams also put it eloquently.
My god. My heart goes out to all in attendance. This is scary and chilling to the core. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/ioHRSbAidv— Ian Williams (@IWilliams95) August 26, 2018
And Ryan Davis of the Rams summed up what all of us are feeling.
The hell is goin on in Jax this weekend? 😞😔people can’t play Madden in peace, this is heartbreaking.— Ryan Davis (@bigdavis813) August 26, 2018
Hopefully, our country gets this all figured out soon. Frankly, we can't take many more of these senseless tragedies.