The Nashville Predators honored the six victims of the Covenant School mass shooting and the numerous first responders who rushed to the tragedy.
Before the Predators took the ice to face the St. Louis Blues Saturday afternoon, the team showed the names of the school shooting victims on the big screen at Bridgestone Arena and held a moment of silence. Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all 9 years old, as well as adults Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61, were murdered after a trans-identifying woman shot her way into the Covenant School, a private Christian elementary school, Monday morning.
Thank you to @PredsNHL for inviting the Covenant School first responding officers to today’s game that honored each of the six victims. #NashvilleStrong pic.twitter.com/LSY7ogs05K
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 2, 2023
The hockey team also honored the first responders who quickly reached the scene, killed the shooter, and secured the school 14 minutes after the first 911 call was made. Officers Rex Engelbert and Michael Collazo led a team of cops from the Metro Nashville Police Department through the school, confronted the shooter on the second floor of the building, and took her out minutes after arriving on the scene.
On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins hosted the Predators and honored the victims of the shooting and the Covenant School community by wearing the school’s logo on their helmets. Boston also held a moment of silence with the names of the victims on the jumbotron before the opening faceoff.
Bruins, Predators honor Nashville school shooting victims with moment of silence, helmet decals https://t.co/AzjItqk45k pic.twitter.com/idI13QRj9h
— Boston.com (@BostonDotCom) March 28, 2023
The Nashville Predators are playing in Boston tonight.
The Bruins held a moment of silence before the game to honor the victims of the Covenant School shooting
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— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 29, 2023
Nashville defenseman Ryan McDonaugh stayed home with his three daughters on Monday, opting to be with them instead of his team as their school was placed on lockdown during and after the Covenant School shooting.
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“It’s not really the first shooting, unfortunately. When you have kids and it happens close to home it hits definitely different,” McDonagh said. “Like any parent, you do anything you can to help your family and kids out.”
The Predators beat the Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday and won again 6-1 against the Blues on Saturday.
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