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Blazers honor UCC shooting victims, families during Sunday's game

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The Portland Trail Blazers hosted community members from Roseburg and those affected by the October mass shooting at Umpqua Community College at the Moda Center Sunday night.

The team invited the community members, some of whom lost loved ones during the shooting, as a way to pay tribute to the community’s strength.

John Markovich, a firefighter and EMT who responded to the shooting call, is among those still coming to terms with what happened. He works closely with the father of one of the shooting victims, Treven Anspach.

"That was a tough time, not knowing if he was in there," said Markovich. "One of our guys had seen him the day before and said if you haven’t seen him in a while you’re not going to recognize him. So you rack your mind, did I see him or not. ‘Cause I wanted to give Justin an answer."

Anspach’s family was also in attendance, and watched a special tribute to the community at the end of the first quarter.

At the game, the Blazers helped raise money for the community’s recovery through the UCC Strong Fund. Special t-shirts were sold at the team’s fan store, with all proceeds going to the UCC Strong Fund.  

The team also donated proceeds from the Trail Blazers' portion of ticket sales for the Rip City 5050 raffle.

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