So moving! The Orlando Magic opened their 2016-17 NBA season with a touching tribute to the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre in June. A moment of silence was held and a banner with the number 49 was raised in honor of the nearly 50 people who lost their lives. Click through to see the poignant moment.
This is just so touching! The Orlando Magic used their season opener at Amway Center to give the most heartfelt remembrance to victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy back. The players worked out before the game in blue shirts featuring a heart with the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag and the words “Orlando United” underneath. When game time finally rolled around, the arena fell dark and the tribute was underway.
“On June 12, 2016 our world changed forever. 49 of our friends and family and neighbors were taken from us too soon, with more than 50 others injured in the terrible tragedy at Pulse. Tonight we honor their lives, the heroes who emerged that early morning and a healing community that showed the world love has always conquered hate,” their announcer read over the PA system.
— FOX Sports: Hoops (@HoopsonFOX) October 26, 2016
“In memory of those we lost, we introduce a special Orlando United banner rising above our city beautiful that will forever remind us we are one community, one family and one Orlando,” he continued as the Orlando United banner featuring the number of victims who died at the popular gay nightclub — 49 — was raised to the ceiling. A moment of silence followed before the game then got underway.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 26, 2016
On that horrible early morning of June 12, Omar Mateen, 29, burst into the popular gay nightclub with multiple guns and over the course of several hours slaughtered 49 people, injuring another 53. He later was killed in a shootout with police. This has been the first major sporting event in the city since the tragedy happened and the Magic handled the tribute with such grace and dignity towards the victims.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of the touching tribute to the Pulse shooting victims? Are you proud of the Magic for doing much a moving thing to honor those lost?