Vikings CB Kris Boyd, former Texas Longhorn, starts GoFundMe for Uvalde shooting victims
Boyd, a Gilmer native, wants to raise $100,000 for the families of the Uvalde shooting victims.
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 20: Minnesota Vikings defensive back Kris Boyd (29) celebrates after a play during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings on December 20, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.(Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Kris Boyd was headed home from an offseason practice when his phone buzzed with a message from family back home in Texas.
News of an horrific shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed by a lone gunman, was relayed to Boyd as he drove home.
Boyd watched the news when he eventually got home and decided to do something.
On Tuesday, Boyd started a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $100,000 for the victim’s families. As of Friday afternoon, more than $10,000 had been raised.
The shooting resonated with Boyd being he’s from Gilmer, another small Texas town 426.9 miles from Uvalde. He also has close relationships with grade school nieces and nephews and a 10-month-old daughter.
“I just feel like it’s something I had to do, with me being from Texas and having such a huge platform and being a father, a brother, an older brother to my little sister and my little brother and being an older cousin,” Boyd told The Dallas Morning News on Friday. “Just thinking how could it happen? How it had been somewhere like that. It hit close to home like, East Texas? It’s heartbreaking. It’s devastating. I feel like no one should have to really go through that.”
There are plans for Boyd to visit Uvalde next week with some Vikings teammates to help support the community in positive ways.
Boyd, a 2019 seventh-round pick from Texas, was always quiet publicly when it came to social issues. But when the shooting occurred Tuesday it forced him into action.
“There were a lot of situations where I could have spoken out on,” he said. “I kind of always liked [being] in the back seat and [not] say anything. For some reason, this is different. It’s like it hit home and like moved me to speak, say something. That’s what I’m doing.”
Boyd doesn’t want to get into the politics of gun reform yet expressed being tired of hearing lawmakers offer condolences for shooting victims and not doing much else. This is the second school shooting at a Texas school in the past five years. In 2018, nine students and a teacher were killed and 10 others were wounded by a gunman at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas.
And on May 14, barely two weeks before the shooting in Uvalde, a gunman killed 10 and wounded three in a Buffalo grocery store in what law enforcement officials say was a racially motivated attack.
“This is nothing that we should normalize,” Boyd said. “You got kids no older than 6 to 10 years old and everyone makes a [social media] post then they go back to their day. It’s like something we [shouldn’t] normalize. You feel like we need to do more. We all know what needs to be done, but I’m not really here talking gun laws and politics. But I’m using my platform to help the families’ lives as much as I can [and] give us much at the moment. A lot more needs to be done with everyone as a whole.”