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Harrison Butker honored to help family of mom killed in Chiefs rally shooting

Pete Grathoff and Joseph Hernandez, The Kansas City Star on

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Last Wednesday’s mass shooting at the conclusion of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory parade and rally at Union Station wounded at least 39 and killed one, identified as Johnson County mom and disc jockey Lisa Lopez-Galvan.

Lopez-Galvan went to the parade with family and friends wearing a white Harrison Butker jersey. Butker, the Chiefs’ placekicker, was her favorite player, her family said.

A relative shared a photo on X of Lopez-Galvan wearing the jersey and put out a call to Chiefs Kingdom.

“#ChiefsKingdom I need your help... the son of Lisa Lopez-Galvan wants his mom to be put to rest in a white @buttkicker7 jersey .. the same she wore the day of the parade. We can’t find them anywhere ... anyone have any idea where we can look?”

The post has since been deleted, but it garnered a lot of attention and generated a response from the NFL’s official online retailer, Fanatics. It also caught the eye of someone who knows the wife of the Chiefs’ chaplain, Father Richard Rocha.

Those connections paid off. The relative said the right people got in touch with the family and made it happen: The three-time Super Bowl champion kicker sent one of his jerseys to the Lopez-Galvan family.

A representative for Butker confirmed the jersey had reached the family.

 

Butker released a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“My wife Isabelle and I are heartbroken by the murder of Lisa due to degenerate violence,” Butker said. “Murder is a sin that cries out to God for vengeance and I pray the men involved in this tragedy will be brought to justice. Hearing that she was a fan of my outspokenness for our shared Catholic Faith makes us even more personal. I am honored to provide a jersey to the family for her to wear. While the family is mourning their loss and grappling with their numerous injuries, I will continue to pray for their healing and the repose of Lisa's soul.”

Lopez-Galvan, who graduated from Bishop Miege High School, co-hosted a Hispanic music program, “Taste of Tejano,” on the community radio station KKFI. She was the youngest of four siblings, including brother Beto Lopez, brother Salvador, and a sister, Carmen.

The Lopez-Galvan family has established a GoFundMe for people to donate. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, the fundraiser had eclipsed its goal of $75,000, taking in more than $355,000. Superstar singer Taylor Swift even donated $100,000 to the fundraiser, which remains open on GoFundMe’s website.

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The Kansas City Star’s Sam McDowell contributed to this report


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