South Florida sports teams release statements about Douglas High School shooting
On Wednesday afternoon, the NHL's Florida Panthers released a statement regarding the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of today’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,” said Florida Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell. “The hearts of the entire Florida Panthers organization are broken by the news of today’s events. We are committed to providing aid and support to our community as it grieves in response to this senseless tragedy.”
The Panthers, based in Sunrise, are the closest South Florida sports franchise to Stoneman Douglas High School.
The Miami Heat released a statement on Twitter that says: "We are truly saddened by the senseless act of violence that took place in our community today. We have grown up here in South Florida. Many of us were students and parents of students in South Florida schools. We have kids who are students in those schools right now. These are our kids and loved ones. This tragedy does not just hit close to home. This happened in our home. Our hearts break for the victims and their families affected by this tragic event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School." Head Coach Erik Spoelstra also shared some words before the broadcast of the Heat's game tonight.
The Miami Marlins tweeted: "Sending our condolences to those impacted by today’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."