Alejandro Bedoya, a soccer player the Philadelphia Union, scored a goal against D.C. United in Washington, DC, Sunday night. Then, he took advantage of his proximity to Capitol Hill by grabbing a field microphone and shouting, “Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go!”
The moment came in the third minute of the game.
— Alex Warneke (@alexwarneke) August 5, 2019
Bedoya’s statement comes after two mass shootings left 29 people dead in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
The Union winger/midfielder has a person connection to the issue of mass shootings. Bedoya grew up in Westin, Florida, only 15 minutes away from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students were killed in a mass shooting in 2018.
Bedoya wore an “MSD Strong” shirt in the days following that shooting.
A great win last night!
Wore this to support families affected by the tragic event in Parkland. Grew up 15 min. from Douglas. I grieve with those families but I’ve also been very inspired by movement they’ve started. Thank you for your courage & keep on keepin’ on! #MSDStrong❤️ pic.twitter.com/Wd88iWk9b5
— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) March 4, 2018
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