Six people were killed in a shooting spree on Saturday night in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Western Michigan’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are showing their support for the victims by wearing 'Kalamazoo Strong' shirts.
Tonight is for our city. #KalamazooStrong pic.twitter.com/FDC4XxLBi0— WMU Women's BBall (@WMU_WBB) February 24, 2016
The Western Michigan women’s basketball team is wearing these warm-up shirts—4 days after the Kalamazoo shootings. pic.twitter.com/vcyGZsrH5f— Mike Monaco (@MikeMonaco_) February 24, 2016
Western Michigan players wear "Kalamazoo Strong" t-shirts before they take on Eastern Michigan tonight. pic.twitter.com/tY9X7ArNSQ— Andrew Mascharka (@MascharkaPhoto) February 24, 2016
It’s hard to glean any positives from a situation like this, but it was a kind gesture from Western Michigan nonetheless. Men’s head coach Steve Hawkins said it was important for his team to show immediate support for the people of Kalamazoo, and it’s difficult to disagree with him on that front.