Peyton Manning starts fund for those affected by Tennessee shooting

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is helping those affected by the shootings in Tennessee last week.

Manning has set up the Chattanooga Heroes Fund to aid the families of the victims in the shootings outside of a military recruiting center July 16.

"Our family has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the great city of Chattanooga, and it has a very special place in our hearts," said Manning, who played four years at the University of Tennessee. "But on July 16th, 2015, this strong, welcoming community was forever changed by the tragedy that unfolded.

"The five servicemen who gave their lives, the police officer who risked his life in order to protect others, and the actions of many other first responders were truly heroic. We are proud to establish the Chattanooga Heroes Fund to honor these heroes by helping to provide for the future of their families."

The fund will help families meet longer-term financial needs and is intended to bridge the gap between short-term support and future financial obstacles some of those families might face.