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By Eric Edholm

Panthers WR Steve Smith is the latest NFL player to reach out and support the victims of the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Smith has pledged to donate $100,000 to survivors of the shooting to help pay for their extensive medical bills. The money will go to the city of Aurora, which will distribute it to the families in need.

“As a father and husband I cannot imagine the pain and suffering the victims are going through,” Smith told PFW in a statement. “My family’s hearts and prayers are extended to theirs, and I hope this contribution might assist in paying some of the medical bills that will help allow these families to move forward in this tragic circumstance."

On July 20, 12 people were killed and 58 more injured in a mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises movie in a Century Theater. Police arrested 24-year-old James Holmes, an Aurora resident, in connection with the shooting.

Several Broncos players reached out to assist after the shooting, visiting several of the survivors in the hospital and signing autographs and taking pictures. Smith watched the tragedy unfold and read about how families of the injured victims might struggle to pay their extensive hospital bills.

"Hopefully this helps a little bit," Smith said. "From one NFL city to another, God bless."

Smith, a 12-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowler, signed a three-year extension this offseason.

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