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Raptors, Wizards honor victims of Toronto van attack before Game 5 (pics)

The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards on Wednesday night honored the victims of the van attack in downtown Toronto on Monday that claimed 10 lives and injured 15 others.

Before the tip-off of Game 5 of the teams’ Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, the Raptors and Wizards held banners that read “#TorontoStrong” during the playing of the Canadian and U.S. national anthems, which were preceded by a moment of silence.

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


PA announcer Herbie Kuhn told the Air Canada Crowd that the Raptors, Wizards and NBA would be making donations to the TorontoStrong Fund set up by the city of Toronto. The fund had raised more than $413,000 as of 5:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.

“Toronto will be forever strong,” said Kuhn, prompting a round of loud applause.

Several members of the Raptors organization have since weighed in on the tragedy, head coach Dwane Casey saying he hoped Wednesday’s game could provide some temporary reprieve for the grieving city.

The Raptors defended their home court at Air Canada Centre, defeating the Wizards by a score of 108-98 to take a 3-2 series lead.