It is believed one of the victims of the shooting that occurred at Oxford High School on November 30 heroically gave his life to save his classmates. As Mamas Uncut previously reported, four students lost their lives as a result of the shooting, and several more were injured.
Among those deceased were Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17. Now, new reports are revealing the last few heroic moments of Tate Myre’s life.
Star Athlete Being Hailed as a Hero
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As it is now believed that Myre died a hero. According to the Detroit Free Press, JR Laefner, the public address announcer at Oxford football games and a Myre family friend was with Myre’s father Buck just after the shooting took place. JR and Buck were looking for Tate at a staging area for survivors when the father came to a realization.
As JR told the Detroit Free Press, “I was walking with Buck and we couldn’t find Tate. Buck looked right at me and he said, ‘You know who would go take that guy out, right?’”
Tate’s football and wrestling coach then began to hear stories. According to Ross Wingert, multiple students say Tate jump into action when the 15-year-old gunman opened fire.
“I was told that everybody in that school was running one way, and Tate was running the other way,” Wingert said. Many people believe that Tate, with no regard for his own life, made the decision to run toward the shooting.
When Tate was discovered inside the school he was still alive. According to the Detroit Free Press, a sheriff’s deputy put the 16-year-old into his squad car and tried to race to the hospital in time. Sadly, Tate died on the way.
While Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said there is no video evidence to suggest a student tried to disarm the shooter, that hasn’t stopped people from believing Tate attempted to do just that. “Knowing Tate, knowing how he was raised, he’s the kind of kid that wouldn’t think about it twice,” Wingert said. “And he’s gonna do it.”
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And it is because of Tate’s athleticism that his coach knows Tate was heroic in some capacity. “I told them that Tate is the fastest, most athletic kid in that school,” Wingert said.
“There’s no way he couldn’t have gotten out of there if he wanted to. He would have been the number one candidate to be able to run out of that school if he wanted to. I know Tate chose to do what he thought was right and he made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Tate, a star football player and wrestler, was the youngest of three boys. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, December 7.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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