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Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker discussed the deadly shooting at the team’s Super Bowl parade in a recent interview.

DJ Lisa Lopez-Galvan was killed and nearly two dozen others were wounded in the incident.

Butker reflected on gun violence and how to curb it, stating that strong fathers are needed to teach young men that violence is not the way to handle disputes.

He noted how unfortunate it was that many children were injured and Lopez-Galvan was killed over someone getting offended.

“I had to do a lot of thinking about what took place at the parade. I know that gun violence was a big discussion, but at the end of the day this is degenerative violence, and it should not be occurring,” Butker said. “I think we need strong fathers in the home. We need men that are leading, that are setting good examples, that are teaching the young men in our society that violence is not the way to handle our disputes.

“It’s very unfortunate what happened. Unfortunately, many, many children were injured. A beautiful young lady was killed over someone getting offended and turning to violence to handle that dispute. It’s so sad. I don’t think guns are the issue. I think we need fathers in the home that are being great examples for our youth,” he said.

“I never set out to be an NFL kicker,” he said. “I never set out to have this platform. I never thought I’d be having this success in the NFL that I am. I never wanted to be this public person that people look to to see what their ideas are, what their stances are on different subjects, but because of that, it has given me a great following of people like this amazing woman.

Butker provided one of his jerseys for Lopez-Galvan to be buried in at the request of her family.

Though he never expected to have a public platform, the faith and encouragement he received from Lopez-Galvan’s family motivated him to continue being unwavering in his beliefs.

“It’s the faith. It was the most important thing in her life. It’s the most important thing in my life. And to be able to receive that encouragement, that love, even though I never met her, I heard from her family how much she was encouraged by me and loved all my work, it’s just very encouraging for me to continue on the path that I’m on and to be never unwavering in my beliefs,” he said.

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