The shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas occurred on May 18, when 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire on his classmates and teachers, killing eight students and two teachers. Fertitta, a Galveston native, will have players wear a Santa Fe HS patch on their jerseys and observe moment of silence at the game.
Prior to the game, the Rockets will play a video to honor Santa Fe High School, and the school's choir has been asked to sing the national anthem, per MacMahon.
Some students at the Texas high school where a gunman killed 10 people want laws requiring firearms to be locked away at home and accessible to only the owner.
The school, located about 30 miles from Houston, was the site of a mass shooting on Friday.
"To the Santa Fe seniors, to the fantastic officers, to the principals, we love you", he told the crowd. "We are here to support y'all, and thank you for doing us a favor and being here tonight on this occasion". Many graced the court wearing "Santa Fe Strong" T-shirts donning the school's colors of green and yellow. "Thank you for being heroes to all of us", he said, before adding, "LET'S GO ROCKETS!" The Houston Astros will donate proceeds from a nightly raffle to the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund. "We're just trying to get back to normalcy".
"We need to do more than just pray for the victims and the families", Abbott said at a news conference. It's just time for something to change.