Titans RB Derrick Henry Praying for Shooting Victims Back Home in Jacksonville


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As a youngster, Titans running back Derrick Henry spent time at Jacksonville Landing, a popular hangout not far from where he grew up.

"I used to go there when I was a kid, to watch the fireworks and stuff," Henry, who's from nearby, Yulee, Florida, said on Tuesday.

Over the weekend, Jacksonville Landing became the scene of a tragic shooting at a Madden 19 competitive video game tournament. The shooter killed two people and wounded 10 others before taking his own life at the e-sports tournament in Jacksonville.

It hit home for Henry, since it is home. Yulee is part of the Jacksonville metropolitan area.

A Titans fan has been identified among those killed.

"It's sad, and it's a tragedy that it happened," Henry said on Tuesday. "I'm kind of at a loss of words, for something like that to happen, back home.

"I am praying for the families. I know there are no right words to say when someone loses a loved one like that. The Lord is a comforter and it will take time to heal. But my prayers are with the families."

Taylor Robertson, a Titans fan from Ballard, W.Va., was among two people killed in the shooting. Robertson is survived by his wife and son.

Robertson, who won the 2017 Madden Classic e-sports gaming tournament, was attempting to qualify for this year's tournament when the shooting took place at the Good Luck Have Fun game bar.

On Monday, the Titans released a statement through social media about Robertson, whose gamer tag was "SpotMePlzzz". In Robertson's profile picture, he's wearing a No.8 Marcus Mariota Titans jersey.

"The Titans community lost a beloved member over the weekend," the team said on a Twitter post. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Taylor Robertson (@spotmeplzzz). Taylor was a husband, father and passionate Titans fan who represented us honorably each time he competed. #TitanUp"

Henry had a picture of Robertson, decked out in the Titans jersey, on his phone on Tuesday in the locker room.

"I saw this picture of him in a Titans jersey, and found out he was a fan," Henry said while showing the photo on his phone. "It is just a sad situation. I will pray for them, and God bless them."

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