An earthquake struck central Serbia on Wednesday night and severely damaged the hometown of Oklahoma City Thunder center Nenad Krstic.
Two people were killed and approximately 100 were injured in the magnitude 5.4 quake. The epicenter was near Kraljevo, a city of 60,000 located about 80 miles south of Belgrade.
In support of the relief effort in Kraljevo and the International Red Cross, the Thunder will match funds raised at Sunday's game against Boston inside Oklahoma City Arena. Fans will be asked to contribute and participate in a special raffle to raise funds.
Krstic will autograph the jersey he wears tonight and present it to the raffle winner. The raffle will take place at the Thunder Community Foundation's auction area outside Section 111, beginning when doors open at 4:30 p.m. and continuing through the end of the third quarter.
Krstic was having dinner in Los Angeles when he first learned of the earthquake and immediately tried to contact his father.
"He's fine," Krstic said. "My grandparents are fine. Houses and my apartment are totally destroyed. I think something like 60 percent of the houses and buildings are either half-destroyed or totally destroyed. It's really bad."
Krstic's mother and sister already were in Oklahoma City to be with Krstic and his wife, Tatjana, who on Oct. 14 had their first child, Elena.
"There are a lot of poor people living there," Krstic said. "They don't really have money, so it's a hard thing that happened over there. A lot of people are living in the streets, not only because their house was destroyed. They were scared to spend the night in the house because they were saying another earthquake was coming. They were scared something might fall down on them.
"Two people died, but it could be much worse. I'm all right. I'm just sad about my hometown."
Krstic said many people in Kraljevo work for $200 or $300 a month, "So you can imagine how much it (tonight's fundraiser) is going to help. I really appreciate the organization."