The Houston Rockets have plans to honor the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting in numerous ways before Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
The devastating shooting happened last Friday and killed 10 and injured at least 12 more. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student has admitted to the killing.
After the Rockets Game 4 victory, Chris Paul said on TNT that he hopes the team can be a breath of fresh air for a community that is mourning, via Ben DuBose.
“The city of Houston, we’re going to need you Game 5. The city has been through a tough time with things in Santa Fe, but hopefully basketball can be a way that people can come and ease their minds, if only for a second. Houston, we’re coming home.”
The Rockets plan on wearing a ribbon on their jersey’s in memory of the 12 individuals who lost their lives. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, who is from the area has invited the entire Senior class of Santa Fe High School to attend the game. The Rockets will provide transportation and food for all the Seniors who decide to attend the game.
The Santa Fe High School choir has also been asked to sing the National Anthem before the game, although it’s unclear if they have accepted the invite.
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and the organization working on plans to honor the victims, community personnel and first responders impacted by the shooting at Santa Fe High School during Game 5 on Thursday, source said, pending completion of plans and leavue approval.
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The Rockets also plan to play a pregame tribute that honors the victims and the survivors of the shooting. They will also do an on-court tribute. Win or lose on Thursday, it seems like it’s going to be an emotional night in Houston.