NSon Tuesday shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a northern suburb of Detroit, Michigan, one of the four murdered students was a young star of the Oxford Wildcats football team.
Tate Myre, 16, lost his life when he tried to disarm the gunman, a 15-year-old sophomore, in the tragic shooting that killed four people and injured eight other victims.
He lost his life on the way to the hospital
According to Myre’s classmates, the retreating Wildcats tried to subdue the shooter to end the tragic episode.
However, Myre was shot while confronting the gunman, so a police officer rushed him to a local hospital, but the 16-year-old did not resist and died in the police car.
Myre’s classmates have expressed their grief and respect for their friend, recalling anecdotes related to him, and on the change.org platform, they have launched a petition asking Oxford High School to change the name of the Wildcats Stadium and rename it in his honor.
The petition has so far collected more than 120,000 signatures.
Myre would have fulfilled his dream in football
Myre excelled during his time playing for the Wildcats and analyzed playing for schools such as Michigan State, Texas, Notre Dame, USC, Texas A&M and recently attended the University of Toledo on a recruiting tour, playing at the highest level of football, as Tate himself stated in his biography.
“I’ve been in love with football from a young age and have always dreamed of playing college football,” Myre said in his profile. “When I play college football I will be the hardest worker on the field and regardless of the situation in the game I will do everything I can.”
Zach Line, Oxford HS head coach and former NFL player, spoke of Myre’s loss and showed his respect by recalling his time with the Wildcats.
“Tate was and always will be a shining light for Oxford. It’s hard to put into words what he meant to me, but he will always have a special place in my heart. God reaches down and touches certain people, he was one of those I love you FOUR TWO,” Line said.