Members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Dept. salute as a hearse carrying the body of Sgt. Ron Helus arrives at the coroner’s office in Ventura.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Tiffany Azpeitia, 26, left, and Jamie Eads, 23, both of Thousand Oaks, line up to donate blood for victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting. “It is hard, everyone is like family there,” said Eads.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Hundreds line up at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks to donate blood for victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
A hearse carrying the casket of Sgt. Ron Helus heads north on the 101 Freeway past the Borchard Road overpass toward the medical examiner’s office in Ventura.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The Rams issued a statement and several players posted to social media Thursday in reaction to the mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar about four miles from the team’s practice facility at Cal Lutheran University.
Thirteen people died in the incident, which occurred late Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar and Grill.
“The Los Angeles Rams organization is heartbroken by the horrific shooting that took place last night in our community of Thousand Oaks,” the Rams said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and our entire community.”
A Rams representative said the organization was in the process of making sure all staff and family members were accounted for.
Coach Sean McVay said the Rams were planning to have a moment of silence before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum.
“Sometimes, me personally, you get upset about losing a game or whatever and this kind of brings you back down and you really realize what’s important in life and sometimes you take some of these things for granted,” McVay said.
McVay said the shooting was addressed during a team meeting, and that veteran offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth took the lead with other players “to proactively pursue doing something to use the platform that we do have to support the people that were affected by this.”
Several Rams players posted their thoughts to Twitter:
“Heartbroken for our community,” quarterback Jared Goff wrote. “Thinking about everyone involved as well as friends and family of the victims. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Heartbroken for our community. Thinking about everyone involved as well as friends and family of the victims. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers— Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) November 8, 2018
“Heart broken this morning!” Whitworth wrote, adding, “I promise to find a way to help support our community through this tragedy!”
Heart broken this morning! I’m just sorry to those affected. I don’t have words that I feel can help. But I promise to find a way to help support our community through this tragedy!— Andrew Whitworth (@awhitworth77) November 8, 2018
Punter Johnny Hekker, who lives in Thousand Oaks, receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive lineman Morgan Fox also offered prayers and support for the victims and their families.
Praying comfort and healing to those affected by this senseless shooting. Thank you to the first responders who put their lives on the line to protect and serve us every day.— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) November 8, 2018
Thousand Oaks is my home; I will do everything in my power to help those in need of support.
Heartbroken. Thoughts and prayers are with the people of this community, and those that have lost loved ones.— Cooper Kupp (@CooperKupp) November 8, 2018
Devastated for this community...Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy.— Morgan Fox (@AyyyeeeMoFox) November 8, 2018
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2:45 p.m.: This article was updated with additional information and a comment from Sean McVay.
This article was originally posted at 9:20 a.m.