Pulse Nightclub Victims Honored at Orlando Magic Season Opener

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Orlando Magic players wear Orlando United shirts as they bow their heads during the national anthem before the season opener against the Miami Heat at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. on Oct. 26, 2016. 

The Orlando Magic dedicated Wednesday night's (Oct. 26) season opener to the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub massacre in June. According to the Huffington Post, the pre-game ceremony included a moment of silence and the raising of a No. 49 banner with the worlds Orlando United" and each victim's name on it. "Tonight we honor their lives, the heroes who emerged that early morning and a healing community that showed the world love always conquers hate," the NBA team's announcer said during the ceremony.

 

Brandon Parsons sang "Forty-Nine Times" during the pre-game event, which took place at Orlando's Amway Center, just two miles from the gay nightclub that was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. During warm-ups, the Magic's players wore #OrlandoUnited shirts with rainbow-colored hearts on them. Earlier, the team and the family of billionaire owner Richard DeVos announced a donation of $500,000 to the OneOrlando Fund, a nonprofit that assists victims' families.