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New England Patriots fly Parkland, Fla., students and families to Washington, D.C. for 'March for Our Lives'

The trip was accomplished with the help of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, through former Arizona Rep. Gabby Gifford and her husband, Mark Kelly.


Kahron Spearman


New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered his help, by way of use of the Patriots' plane, to students and families from Parkland, Fla., for the 'March For Our Lives' in Washington taking place this weekend. 

The families were those of the 17 victims slain in the assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. Students injured in the attack were also made the trip for Saturdays anti-gun violence event.

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. This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age.

Patriots spokesman Stacy James told the Boston Globe that Kraft donated the use of his plane following a request from former Arizona representative Gabby Gifford and her husband, Mark Kelly. 

They founded Giffords, a gun violence prevention organization following Giffords surviving a gunshot to her head in Arizona during a public function in 2011.

The aircraft is notable in name and design. The AirKraft" is a Boeing wide-body 767, with the teams logo and an illustration of five Vince Lombardi trophies on its tail. 

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