Anthony Rizzo responds to deadly shooting at his alma mater: 'please stay strong'

Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo comments on the mass shooting at his high school alma mater in Parkland, Fla. (AP)

Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo addressed the mass shooting that has resulted in 17 reported fatalities at his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., urging those impacted to “please stay strong.”

This is what Rizzo tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Rizzo, who attended the high school from 2003-2007, donated $150,000 to the school in November of 2017 to help fund improvements for their baseball and softball fields. That included the installation of lights for the upcoming season. The baseball field at the school is named after Rizzo.

On Thursday morning, Cubs beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer tweeted that Rizzo had left the Cubs’ spring training camp in Mesa, Arizona to head back home to Florida to be with friends and family. Rizzo also knew Aaron Feis, the MS Douglas assistant football coach who died after shielding students from gunfire. 

Rizzo was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in 2007. He’s gone on to have a notable career in MLB, which includes three All-Star selections and a World Series championship with the Cubs in 2016.

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