Orlando Magic to Dedicate Opening Night to Victims of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2016

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The Orlando Magic announced Tuesday they will dedicate their season-opening game against the Miami Heat on Oct. 26 to the 49 people who were killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in June.

Ananth Pandian of CBSSports.com passed along a statement from the organization:

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The Magic are dedicating opening night to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting https://t.co/abIW8nehEp

Ralph Ellis, Ashley Fantz, Faith Karimi and Eliott C. McLaughlin of CNN reported the shooting at the gay nightclub by a gunman who pledged his allegiance to ISIS was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States.

Magic center Nikola Vucevic was among those who expressed their condolences after the attack:

Nikola Vucevic @NikolaVucevic

My deepest condolences to the families who lost their dear ones... Sad day for our city! #Orlando #OrlandoShootings

Alicia DelGallo of the Orlando Sentinel reported former Magic superstar Shaquille O'Neal and other athletes visited victims in the hospital following the shooting.

The DeVos family, which owns the Magic, donated $400,000 to the OneOrlando Fund, for victims of the shooting and their families, and the Magic donated an additional $100,000, per Kate Santich, Susan Jacobson and Kyle Arnold of the Orlando Sentinel.

WESH 2 News noted the Magic joined other Central Florida sports teams in creating "Orlando United" shirts and selling them in their team shop to benefit the OneOrlando Fund.


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