Ravens will charter plane to help players get to Tray Walker's funeral

The Ravens want to pay their respects for their late teammate.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that owner Steve Bisciotti will charter a plane in Baltimore to allow players, coaches and team officials to attend the funeral for Tray Walker on Saturday.

"Steve Bisciotti is working on that right now," Harbaugh said during his media availability at the NFL owners meetings at the Boca Raton Resort. "I don’t know the arrangements right now, but knowing Steve, he’ll do it to the max. He’s talked to me about chartering a whole plane for everybody that wants to go down. I think Steve will make it possible for everybody that’s in Baltimore or wants to get to Baltimore to fly down together and Steve will pay for that. That’s just how he does it.”

Walker's funeral is Saturday at 1 p.m. at 93rd St. Baptist Church in Miami, where Walker grew up.

Walker died Friday, a day after his motorbike collided with an SUV in north Miami. He was 23.

"This is new territory," Harbaugh said. "This is a challenging type of situation."

Harbaugh said the organization's director of security, Darren Sanders, team chaplain Johnny Shelton and director of player engagement Harry Swayne have spent time with Walker's mother to help the family.

"Everybody just loves Tray," Harbaugh said. "It’s all about him. Everybody just really loved him. Everybody was stunned. Even when [senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne] gave me the call and Kevin and I talked about it, Kevin knew how really dire the situation was. I couldn’t accept that. I was like, ‘No way. He’s going to be fine.’ Then, you got into the next day and he was in surgery and you just felt like no news was good news. And then he was gone. It was just a punch in the gut for us, for the family. It’s hard for them.”

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