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Bills players, team react to racist mass shooting in Buffalo over the weekend

The mass shooter targeted a black neighborhood on the east side of Buffalo on Saturday

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Over the weekend, a gunman opened fire on a supermarket on the East Side of Buffalo. Specifically targeting Black people in a predominantly Black neighborhood according to his own admission, he killed 10 people and injured three more before the quick response by local law enforcement cut short his hate crime.

Several Buffalo Bills players were in town for Micah Hyde’s charity softball game this weekend, and in addition to a moment of silence before the Sunday game, many players spoke about the tragedy with local reporters. More players tweeted about the incident, sharing their concern with the community.

The team gathers for a set of voluntary practices this week, and more will no doubt come from the team following their meeting together. For now, we’ll share what the players and team have had to say in response as well as some local charities that are helping at this time.

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If you want to donate to organizations, here are some ideas from those close to the Bills’ players or organization.