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Miami Heat to honor Florida HS shooting victims with patches

The Miami Heat will be following the lead of several other sports teams in honoring the victims of last week’s tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which killed 14 students and three faculty members.

The Heat, who play just 50 miles away from the high school, plan to wear patches on their jerseys for the victims for the remainder of the season starting on Friday against the Pelicans, per WPLG10 in Miami. The design of the patch is still being worked on.

A makeshift memorial is seen outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

A makeshift memorial is seen outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

(Gerald Herbert/AP)

The decision follows the steps of the Heat’s hockey neighbors, the Florida Panthers, who wore patches with the initials “MSD” on their jerseys and had a helmet decal with the Stoneman Douglas logo and the high school’s mascot over the weekend against the Calgary Flames.

The Panthers play their first home game since the Feb. 14 shooting on Thursday and plan to hold a blood drive at their home arena, the BB&T Center, between noon and 7 p.m. in honor of the victims and survivors.

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The Miami Dolphins donated $ 100,000 to a GoFundMe account set up by the Broward Education Foundation for the victims’ families. The account is up to $ 1.8 million as of Wednesday afternoon.

Major League Baseball will also honor the victims by having all 30 teams wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas hats before spring training games this weekend.

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