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Patriots' Robert Kraft pays for UVA football team flights to attend teammates' funerals

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With the entire University of Virginia football team reportedly planning to attend the funerals of the three teammates who were tragically killed in a shooting earlier this month, the New England Patriots have lent a hand in helping them get there. 

A spokesperson for the Patriots confirmed to Fox News Digital on Monday that owner Robert Kraft paid for the flights of the UVA football team after a team plane was spotted at the Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport on Friday.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft looks onward during pregame against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Oct. 2, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft looks onward during pregame against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Oct. 2, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry were fatally shot on Nov. 13 after a field trip to see a play in Washington. A fourth player, Mike Hollins, who was also seriously wounded during the shooting, was released from the hospital last week. 

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According to an ESPN report, the entire UVA football team planned to attend the three funerals which included a funeral service for Perry in Miami on Saturday, a memorial service for Chandler in Virginia Beach on Sunday and a celebration of life service for Davis on Wednesday in South Carolina. 

The New England Patriots plane delivers N95 masks from Shenzhen, China to Logan International Airport to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on April 2, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. 

The New England Patriots plane delivers N95 masks from Shenzhen, China to Logan International Airport to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on April 2, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. 
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Early last week, the university announced that it had canceled the final game of the season scheduled for Saturday against Virginia Tech. 

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“The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Virginia at Virginia Tech football game scheduled for Saturday, November 26, has been canceled,” the University of Virginia said in a statement. “The decision was made following communication between the Atlantic Coast Conference, Virginia and Virginia Tech athletic department administration.”

“The ACC and Virginia Tech continue to support UVA following the devastating tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of three members of the Cavalier football team – Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, and injuries to students Mike Hollins (also a Virginia football student-athlete) and Marlee Morgan.”

Clemson honors the slain football players from University of Virginia before an NCAA college football game against Miami on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Clemson, S.C.

Clemson honors the slain football players from University of Virginia before an NCAA college football game against Miami on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Clemson, S.C.
(AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

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Police have said the shooter was a fellow student and former football player, later identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.

The 23-year-old suspect faces second-degree murder and other charges stemming from the shooting. Police have not identified a motive but a prosecutor said in court last week that a witness told police the gunman targeted specific victims.

Fox News’ Joe Morgan and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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