Robert Kraft lends Patriots plane to Parkland students, families for March for Our Lives
A handful of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., along with the families of the 17 students and staff who were killed in a mass shooting on Feb. 14, flew to Washington, D.C. for the March For Our Lives rally on Saturday aboard the New England Patriots’ team plane courtesy of Robert Kraft.
#AirKraft awaits. #Patriots plane arrives in Providence: https://t.co/c0zqeI6zB1 pic.twitter.com/KSLDCeKu6m
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 3, 2017
Among the students on the flight were some who were injured during the massacre.
The Patriots owner was inspired to lend the team plane, dubbed AirKraft, due to a request from former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly. Giffords was seriously wounded in an attempted assassination at a political event on Jan. 8, 2011. She and her husband have since founded “Giffords,” a gun violence prevention organization.
“Not only did their friends and teachers get shot and killed, other friends shot and injured . . . most of them, they had bullets flying over their heads,” Kelly told The Washington Post this week. “This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age.”
The plane departed from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Thursday and will return the students and families back home following the march, according to Patriots spokesman Stacey James. He said that Kraft was not on the flight and was unaware whether any Patriots players were aboard.