Wednesday evening’s mass taking pictures at a Southern California bar hit dwelling particularly arduous for a pair {of professional} athletes who grew up within the space. 

Twelve individuals have been killed when a gunman opened fireplace inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a metropolis of roughly 130,000 the place Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich went to highschool — and some minutes from the place Inexperienced Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews lived.

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“Heartbreaking every time tragedies like this happen and particularly when they’re in your personal hometown,” Yelich tweeted Thursday afternoon. “Thousand Oaks is an incredible group and can assist those that want it essentially the most right now.”

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The probably MVP within the Nationwide League this season additionally made particular point out of the sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a shootout with the gunman.

Whereas Yelich attended Westlake Excessive College, Matthews performed soccer at close by Agoura Excessive, about 10 minutes away.

“It’s only a disgrace, actually. … It’s mindless. Particularly for it to be so near dwelling, too,” Matthews, who now lives in Calabasas, Calif., mentioned Thursday.

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“It’s horrible. I don’t actually know what to say. Sadly, it’s occurring as a rule. Mindless and tragic, clearly. My prayers in addition to I’m certain all people else’s exit to everybody again there in Southern California who’s coping with this.”

Contributing: Inexperienced Bay Press-Gazette

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