Packers running back Aaron Jones is an El Paso, Texas native.
In fact, Jones grew up in the neighborhood where one of this weekend’s mass shootings took place.
He often shops at the Walmart Supercenter, located near the Cielo Vista Mall, where 21 people died after a shooting Saturday.
“I kind of grew up in that neighborhood,” he said Sunday, via Packers News.
When Jones first heard about the shooting, he couldn’t believe it. He immediately began to check in on his immediate family as well as relatives and friends who are still in the area.
“My parents were here (in Green Bay), luckily,” Jones said. “My girlfriend was on her way here when it happened. My brother is in Baltimore (with the Ravens).
“The only people I have, my godparents are there, my aunt and uncle and my girlfriend’s family.
“Everybody is good.”
According to multiple reports, the suspect specifically targeted the community, and reportedly drove nine hours to carry out the attack, which was intended to kill Hispanics.
Authorities believe the suspect posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online before the shooting.
“El Paso is a close-knit community,” Jones said. “The funeral homes have already offered to handle the costs. People are already lined up donating blood. They had to send some people home, telling them to come back tomorrow. So, everybody is like behind each other.
“[The shooting] takes your breath away. It’s really sad. It’s not even somebody from El Paso, (it’s) somebody who drove 10 hours just to do a hate crime. He definitely came for a purpose.”
Jones isn’t the only athlete that has spoken up about the most recent mass shootings in America. A number of Cowboys also expressed sadness and shock over the El Paso shooting.
Prayers up 🙏🏿 to the El Paso community! #senselessviolence
— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) August 4, 2019
COWBOYS NATION! Please join me in Praying 🙏🏽 for those directly affected by the shooting in El Paso! So Sad.
— Tyrone Crawford 🇨🇦 (@TCrawford98) August 4, 2019