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The tweet refers to the crash that killed most of the Thundering Herd football team from West Virginia's Marshall University on Nov. 14, 1970. The plane crash, which killed all 75 people on board, left the Marshall community and surrounding area in mourning.

West Virginia's other Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPicking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Manchin: Trump should make his clothes in West Virginia Sanders supporter to run against red-state Democrat MORE (D) also tweeted about Marshall later in the day.

The story of the community's recovery and rebuilding of the football program also became a movie titled "We Are Marshall" in 2006, directed by McG and starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox.

Updated at 3:14 p.m.