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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 ManchinDem 2020 hopefuls lead pack in opposing Trump Cabinet picks Manchin: Sanders backers should challenge me in Dem primary Greens launch ads against two GOP senators for Pruitt votes 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.