Las Vegas Native DeMarco Murray To Donate $50K



NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** Titans running back DeMarco Murray turned on his television last Monday morning, and he could hardly believe what he was seeing.

A gunman opened fire on a crowd at a Las Vegas music festival on Sunday night, killing at least 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

It hit close to home for Murray, because Las Vegas is home. And he's doing something about it by donating $50,000 to victims and police in Las Vegas.

"I definitely consider that my home," Murray, who was born in Las Vegas, and attended Bishop Gorman High School in the city, said. "People go there to relax and enjoy themselves and spend quality time with their family, and sightsee. It is a wonderful city. So it definitely touched home.

"I am fortunate enough that no one in my family or friends close to me were injured or a part of it. I am fortunate from that aspect. But it is definitely an unfortunate situation."

After Sunday's game in Miami against the Dolphins, Murray confirmed his plans to donate $25,000 to the Las Vegas Police Department and another $25,000 to families of the victims in last week's mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

"I am from there, it is my home, and it is very tragic what happened to the families," Murray said. "Luckily we had the first responders be able to come out and help injured people and people who were deceased.

"So that is my hometown, and I just felt I want to try and help out as much as I can, whether that is financially, speaking to them and helping out. It is a place I obviously hold close to my heart."

Murray, who played college football at Oklahoma, bought a home in the Nashville area after joining the Titans in 2016.

But he still gets back to Las Vegas on occasion, and as he's watched footage from the horrific tragedy, it hits him hard.

Last week, Murray sent out a message on social media expressing condolences for all those impacted.

As the Titans prepared for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Murray offered his thoughts and prayers for the victims.

The shooter fired shots from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay at victims below before turning the gun on himself.

"Just because of the city, people go there, and travel there all the time just to get away from whatever they are going through in life, and just to enjoy themselves," Murray said. "The (Las Vegas) strip is an unbelievable place, and it's such an unfortunate situation by a selfish character that doesn't deserve credit for anything, or to (have people) mention his name."

Titans players take the field for Thursday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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