Santa Fe High School administrators have been notified that Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will personally pay for the funerals of all the victims of the shooting.
Days after offering to pay for the funerals for the 10 people killed in the Santa Fe High School shooting on Friday, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt stepped into the homes and hospital rooms of recovering shooting victims.
Watt also visited 16-year-old Sarah Salazar. According to a Facebook post from her mother, Salazar has a broken jaw and will need a shoulder replacement, but was able to have a tube removed Monday so she can continue breathing on her own.
“JJ Watt visited her right after (they removed the tube) and it put a smile on her face,” her mother Sonia Lopez-Puentes wrote. “Thankful for all the support and prayers.”
The gesture is only the latest in a series of philanthropic efforts by Watt, who along with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 2017 for his contributions in helping the city of Houston following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. He had established the Houston Flood Relief Fund on the YouCaring crowdfunding platform which would end up raising $37 million. Those funds were distributed among the Americares, Feeding America, SBP and Save the Children organizations.