The Houston Rockets went all out to honor the victims and survivors from the horrific Santa Fe High School shooting earlier this month. Ahead of Thursday night’s Game 5 clash with the Golden State Warriors at the Toyota Center, the team held an on-court ceremony to honor those in attendance. The franchise also wore patches on their jerseys that read “Santa Fe HS,” while the senior class and administrators were invited to the game as guests of owner Tilman Fertitta. The Rockets also honored first responders, while having the Santa Fe High School choir perform the national anthem.
Following a video tribute and moment of silence, the Rockets were also joined on court by rapper Travis Scott, a Houston native.
“Just to break the monotony of what they are going through, to have them at the game, the seniors,” Fertitta said, via ABC 13’s Foti Kallergis. “You hate for their last moment in that high school to be what it was. So, just a little something we can do, which is basically nothing, but anything we can do, we want to do.”
Here is a clip of the choir singing the national anthem:
The Santa Fe High School Choir performs the National Anthem with members of the Senior Class, First Responders, & Santa Fe ISD in attendance at Toyota Center. #SantaFeStrong 💪 pic.twitter.com/FOKFVp6nQ9
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And here are the jerseys the Rockets dawned:
Finally, here is Travis Scott addressing the crowd, stating “We love you. Y’all the strongest people on this Earth. Thank you for being the heroes to all of us.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 25, 2018
The Rockets are also holding a charity raffle on Thursday night with all proceeds going to the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund. Santa Fe High School, which had eight students and two teachers gunned down last week, is located 30 miles from downtown Houston.