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Ravens owner chartering team plane for Tray Walker’s funeral


Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti intends to charter a plane to fly players and team officials to Tray Walker’s funeral later this week.

“I think Steve will make it possible for everybody that’s in Baltimore or wants to get to Baltimore to fly down together and Steve will pay for that,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley “That’s just how he does it.”

Walker, 23, died last week due to injuries suffered in a dirt bike accident in Florida when he collided with an SUV in an intersection. He was not wearing a helmet. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Miami.

The Ravens organization sent team officials, including team chaplain Johnny Shelton, to spend time with Walker’s mother and family following Thursday’s accident.

Both Bisciotti and Harbaugh were of course left devastated by Walker’s tragic death.

“We have two sons not too much older than Tray, and we can’t imagine how much his family is suffering. This is so sad,” Bisciotti said last week in the wake of Walker’s passing. “The right words are hard to find at a time like this. As much as we can comfort Tray’s mom and the rest of his family, we will.”

“I was like, ‘No way. He’s going to be fine,'” Harbaugh said. “Then, you got into the next day and he was in surgery and you just felt like no news was good news. And then he was gone. It was just a punch in the gut for us, for the family. It’s hard for them.”

Walker’s agent, Ron Butler, mentioned during a radio interview this week that Walker purchased the dirt bike only a few months ago.

“I didn’t know that Tray was into bikes — any kind of bikes, any kind of four-wheelers, two-wheelers,” he said on 105.7 FM’s Norris & Davis Show, via the Baltimore Sun. “I didn’t even know that. … I was speaking with his godmother about it, and she said that, I believe, he had just purchased the bike maybe two to three months ago. That was new to me. That was new to me.”