One played high school football well enough to catch the eye of college recruiters.
Another excelled in bowling and golf.
A girl used to play volleyball and basketball. Another favorite art.
Their names join a list of others who have been killed in schools across the country as part of the ongoing crisis of gun violence.
According to officials, in addition to the four youths who lost their lives, seven others – students Phoebe Arthur, John Asciutto, Riley Franz, Eliza Muller, Kylie Osage and Aiden Watson – as well as teacher Molly Darnell were also injured.
‘Intent to kill’:A visual timeline of the fatal shooting at Oxford High School
Tate Myere: honor student, football player
Tate Myere played as running back, tight end and linebacker for the Oxford football team. He also wrestled. His player profile listed him at 6 feet, 195 pounds. He was an honors student with a 3.9 grade point average.
He was the youngest of three brothers. Tate’s father, Buck, led the parents’ group on the football team, arranging dinners and helping with fundraising.
“It’s the All-American family,” said JR Lefner, a family friend who serves as the public announcer at school football games. “If you’re in trouble or need something, they’re there to help. They’re there for the kids. They love school. They’re just that high school family that’s involved.”
Three days before the shooting, he attended a football game at the University of Toledo. In a tweet the next day, he thanked the coaches for the invitation and included a picture of himself near the end zone. He was wearing an Oxford University jacket with a field pass wrapped around his neck.
Appeared at the Tate, in late October an online video, citing the team’s strength in coming back from a 0–3 start to make the playoffs where Oxford defeated rival Clarkston.
As of late Wednesday, more than 70,000 people had signed an online petition to rename the school’s football stadium in his honor.
Madison Baldwin: Aspiring Artist, ‘Pretty, Smart, Sweet’
Madison Baldwin was described by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen MacDonald as “a talented artist and a big sister”. Friends posted tributes online, citing her abilities.
“This beautiful, smart, sweet sweet girl was tragically taken away from all of us today, leaving a huge hole in the hearts of all of us and life,” wrote her grandmother, Jennifer Graves Mosqueda in one public post Online fundraising site GoFundMe.com.
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Liz Wilson, pastor of the Emmanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in the village of Oxford, said she spoke to Baldwin’s grandmother, a member of the congregation. Tuesday night and has offered to provide assistance to the community in the wake of the shooting.
“I might have to have a funeral and it’s the worst nightmare in the world,” she said.
Hana St. Juliana: ‘One of the happiest and happiest kids’
Announcing the charges against the accused shooter, McDonald’s said Wednesday that it had spoken with the father of two teenagers who had died. And one of them, McDonald said, wanted people to know that her 14-year-old daughter, Hana St. Juliana, was “one of the happiest and happiest kids ever.”
Arriving at his Brandon Township home, Steven St. Juliana said he was unwilling to speak with the Free Press, part of the USA Today Network, and sent a reporter to a friend in the neighborhood, Jennifer Curtis.
Curtis said that Hana was “kind, gentle and generous, truly one of the best kids we’ve ever had. She was a special child, always ready to help.”
She said that both she and her husband are teachers, and that Hana was a good student and “a pleasure to be in the class.”
“She was a good kid who wanted the right things and wanted to be a good person,” Curtis said.
Curtis said “he always had kind words to say about people” and didn’t engage in negative talk.
Curtis said that Hana was on the basketball and volleyball teams at Oxford High, and loved learning to cook.
Curtis said the two families became closer as their children went to school together for years. She said families enjoyed sports together, vacationed together, and trick-or-treating together. He says that his life is intertwined in many ways.
Justin Schilling: ‘Just a pleasure to be around’
Justin Schilling played for Oxford’s golf team and was also a member of the bowling team, where he averaged 161. For Mhsbowling.com,
According to records, last season Justin won 32 games, lost five and tied one.
Justin worked at the Lake Orion location of a Middle Eastern restaurant, Anita’s Kitchen.
“We have just learned of the passing of our bright, young Lake Orion employees, Justin Schilling, in connection with the tragic events that happened yesterday at Oxford High School,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “Justin was an exemplary employee, a devoted friend and colleague, co-captain of their bowling team, and it was a pleasure just to be around him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
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