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Hundreds turn out for Michael Vaz domestic violence fundraiser

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Michael Vaz was a star athlete at the High School of Commerce.

Saturday, hundreds gathered to honor him and raise awareness of domestic violence.

The school's gym was packed for the inaugural Michael Vaz Domestic Violence Basketball Event.

Commerce alums, as well as local community celebrities, took to the court for the fundraiser.

Vaz was paralyzed from the neck down last month as he was shot while in the middle of a couple's domestic violence dispute that ended in a murder-suicide.

"My brother is so upset that he could not be here," said Michelle Vaz, Michael's sister. "On his behalf, he is ecstatic. He is happy that people came out here to support him."

"The goal is domestic violence prevention," said event organizer Julius Walker. "The goal is we want to get everyone here, educate them and make them aware of mental health issues and domestic violence issues so this can never happen again."

The money raised from Saturday's fundraising event will go towards the Mike Vaz Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Fund.

Vaz is currently rehabbing from his injuries in Boston.

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