The New England Patriots showed the true meaning of caring for your neighbor when they lent their plane free of charge to the University of Virginia so the school’s football players could attend the funerals of their three teammates who were killed in early November.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft had the plane sent to Virginia so the Cavaliers players could fly to each location for free, according to KNXV.
A New England Patriots plane at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Friday after it was lent to the UVA football team to go to the funerals of the three teammates that were killed (Credit: Brandon Lloyd) pic.twitter.com/ffvJZlG5Fb
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D’Sean Perry, Devin Chandler, and Lavel Davis Jr. were tragically shot Nov. 13 when Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., also a player, allegedly opened fire on a bus after they had returned from a university field trip.
Jones has since been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and other charges, according to the Associated Press.
Brandon Lloyd, a former Virginia sports reporter, saw the plane at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, according to CBS News. He tweeted: “Just saw New England’s plane at CHO. They leant it for UVa to use to get players to the three funerals. What an amazing gesture.”
Many others took to Twitter to commend the NFL team. “Class move,” one fan tweeted. Another user tweeted, “Simply Beautiful!”
The Patriots even won over a few hearts with their kind gesture. One user tweeted, “Never been fan of the Patriots, but that is one class act! Props to the NE Patriots and Robert Kraft.”
This isn’t the first time that Kraft has lent out one of his planes. The Patriots owner loaned his plane to fly U.S. soldiers from Germany so the heroes could be on American soil for Memorial Day, as reported by FanNation.
The team had also cancelled their Saturday game so players could attend Perry’s funeral. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the UVA players and the families of Perry, Chandler, and Davis during this difficult time.