Former Badgers help pay for medical expenses, funerals of Waukesha victims

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Mourners take part in a vigil following the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy. WISC-TV/Channel3000.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Former members of the Wisconsin Badgers football team are stepping up to help the families affected by the tragedy in Waukesha earlier this week.

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joe Schobert and fullback Derek Watt all tweeted out statements in the last day saying they were contributing to the United for Waukesha Community Fund to help pay for medical expenses and funeral costs.

Earlier this week, Zeitler tweeted that he went to the Waukesha Christmas parade every year when he was growing up, and offered his prayers for those affected.

“In light of the recent tragic events at the Waukesha Christmas parade on November 21st, 2021, we want our community to know that we see them, love them, and we’re here for them,” the statement says.

“Our primary goal is to have the focus remain on the families who were directly impacted by last weekend’s tragedy and to help make sure any financial burdens are taken care of,” the statement continues. “We feel that the best way to help the affected families is to assist with funeral and medical expenses by donating to the fund which was set up by the United Way and Waukesha County Community Foundation.”

There have been some media reports that fellow former Badger J.J. Watt has also offered to pay for the funerals of those killed in the incident, but that has not been confirmed by Watt as of Wednesday afternoon.