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Raiders honor Las Vegas shooting victims with helmet decals, moment of silence

Updated October 8, 2017 - 9:02 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. — From their current hometown, the Raiders honored their future one.

All 46 players in uniform Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens wore a helmet decal that read “Vegas Strong.” The message, whose lettering resembled that of the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, overlapped with a concentric heart logo. It appeared on the back-left position of each Raiders helmet during the game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

One week earlier, Las Vegas was the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel fired on a crowd attending a country music festival, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

On Monday, the Raiders donated $50,000 to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund. The NFL Foundation matched the donation and contributed an additional $50,000 to the American Red Cross.

Before the national anthem on Sunday, the Raiders held a moment of silence. During the anthem, the name of each person killed was shown on the stadium’s videoboard.

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson wore blue cleats that read: “Pray for Vegas.”

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson wears cleats to honor the victims in the Las Vegas shooting before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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