In life, there are certain tragic situations that are considered unexplainable. Our country’s last catastrophic event occurred in Aurora, Colorado a few weeks back when a crazed 24-year old man named James Holmes decided to unleash a death sentence on 12 civilians in a movie theatre, in addition to injuring a total of 58 other individuals in the process.
James Holmes, who the world now famously know as the “Batman Killer” [shooting happened during the “The Dark Knight Rises” movie premiere] is currently facing countless first-degree murder charges with the possibility of the shooter facing the death penalty.
It’s been nearly two weeks after the unexplainable incident, yet most Americans are still continuing to feel the pain from the shooting. One of these people just happens to be Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver, Steve Smith.
Smith had decided to donate a total of $100,000 dollars to the victims of the Colorado shooting.
“I can’t imagine getting someone severely injured, one, and then, two, trying to figure out how to pay for it,” Smith told reporters at the Panthers training camp.
Smith continued to explain his motives for donating through the following words:
“Economic times are tough right now and [my family] has the means to do it,” Smith said. “We have a chance to lead and hopefully other people will see that.
“People get prideful and say, ‘Hey, this guy did that. Why don’t I do more?’ … I don’t think it’s a publicity job, I think it’s a chance for people to think about what are you here for. Are you here to store up your treasures or are you going to give it to people who are obviously in need?”
In the long run, Smith hopes that his act of kindness triggers a “domino effect” that would ultimately encourage and inspire others to follow his lead.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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