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Raptors to memorialize victims of Toronto van attack at Game 5

The Toronto Raptors organization offered its condolences to the families of the victims and those impacted by the van attack in Toronto on Monday that claimed 10 lives and injured 15 others.

“Our prayers go out to all the families involved,” Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said on behalf of the Raptors organization, via ESPN. “[Toronto] is the best city in the world, and it’s going to continue to be the best place and the best city in the world. These things happen, it’s happened to the best of other cities and the best of other places. I think we must continue to live our lives and not be afraid.”

Ujuri added the Raptors will memorialize the victims of the tragedy during Game 5 against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre.

The attack occurred Monday when the 25-year-old assailant struck pedestrians with a van in two areas on a busy Toronto street. He has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

“I want to send my thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said after practice on Tuesday. “It’s sickening. It’s just something where my kids could have been there when they’re older, you know what I mean? It’s just a sad time. A sad day. It’s kind of hard to put into words how you feel. It’s just tough.”

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey called the tragic incident “unfortunate” as he frequently tells people how safe it is to live in Toronto. Casey added he hopes Tuesday’s game can give some temporary reprieve for the grieving city.

“There are things much bigger than sport right now going on the world and, right now, Toronto,” Casey said. “So it does put it in perspective, but hopefully sport can give a relief, a reprieve, some joy in our lives.”