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Robert Kraft sends Patriots airplane to pick up Stoneman Douglas students for anti gun violence rally

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New England's owner supports the “March for Our Lives”.

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When the New England Patriots bought their two Boing 767s last summer, the thought was that they would carry the team – players, coaches, staff – to its road games and back to Providence. However, one of the $10 million aircrafts is used differently these days. As first reported by WBZ CBS Boston, team owner Robert Kraft lent the plane to pick up students from Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School.

The school was hit by one of the deadliest school massacres in U.S. history last month: the attack left 17 people dead and multiple students and teachers injured. The incident led to anti gun violence protests all over the country, culminating in the "March for Our Lives" in Washington D.C. that will take place on Saturday.

The Patriots’ airplane, lent by Kraft on the behalf of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, picked up survivors of the shooting and family members of the victims yesterday from Fort Lauderdale. Following the rally in the nation’s capital, the "AirKraft" will take them back to Florida again. Among the passangers is Stoneman Douglas student Kati Clougherty, who shared the following post on Twitter: