Former UK, UofL players visit Colorado theater shooting victims

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 11:21 PM

Aurora, Co. (WHAS11) --  Former Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats were part of a group of pro football players helping the victims of a mass shooting in Aurora, CO. last Friday morning move on.

Twelve people were killed and 58 were hurt when 24-year-old James Holmes allegedly opened fire inside a crowded movie theater during a midnight opening of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Sunday, a group of Denver Broncos, including former UK tight end Jacob Tamme visited the shooting victims at the Medical Center of Aurora. Tamme is entering his first year with the Broncos after four years with the Indianapolis Colts.

WHAS11 spoke to Tamme on the phone after the hospital visit.

"It's such a tragic event as a whole, and there's so much darkness around it, but when we went in there and started seeing people's faces it was really, really just an incredible experience," Tamme said. "It was good as Broncos to really go and just show those folks that we were behind them and supporting them, from the victims, to the medical staff, to the families that were there, they were all to a person just so grateful and nice and just inspiring, some of the stories that we heard."

The group crowded around the hospital beds of the injured, snapped pictures with medical staff that cared for them, and signed autographs.

"When I left the hospital yesterday, that was just, I was truly inspired by those people, it was just really cool," Tamme added.

Along with Tamme again Monday, another group of Broncos visited more victims at Swedish Hospital in Denver. As a part of that group were former Wildcat Wesley Woodyard and former Cardinal Elvis Dumervil.
 
Dumervil is more than a week removed from being charged with aggravated assault with a firearm stemming from an alleged road rage incident in his hometown of Miami, Fla.
 

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