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J.J. Watt Offers To Pay For Funerals Of Texas School Shooting Victims

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

The Houston area was rocked Friday after a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas, leaving 10 people dead and injuring almost a dozen others.

In response, the Houston Texans star defensive end notified the school that he will personally pay for the funerals for all the victims of the school shooting, according to ABC 13 in Houston.

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans waves to fans as he leaves the field after the Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots 27-23 at NRG Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans waves to fans as he leaves the field after the Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots 27-23 at NRG Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Earlier Friday, the NFL team tweeted condolences to all the families and victims of the school shooting.

“On behalf of the Texans organization, we are saddened by the tragic events at Santa Fe High School this morning and extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected. We are grateful for the brave first responders, law enforcement officials and medical personnel. The Texans family will continue to pray for our neighbors,” a statement from the team read.

The all-pro player reacted to the tragedy shortly after news broke Friday morning.

“Absolutely horrific,” Watt tweeted to his millions of followers.

In February, Watt was recognized for his humanitarian work with the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of The Year award after raising $37 million for relief and recovery efforts in the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey.