OAKLAND COUNTY, MI. (THECOUNT) — Oakland County officials identified the three Michigan high school students who died as Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Tate Myre, 16, whose actions in the face of grave danger were described as heroic.
The 15-year-old suspect was taken into custody by deputies who arrived within 2 to 3 minutes of the first 911 call reporting the gunfire.
According to a statement from the Sheriff’s office, a 911 employee handling calls during the triple-fatal shooting, learned that a relative was among the fallen:
“One of our deputies, due to the severity of wounds, loaded up one of the children in his car and sadly, that child died in the car,” Bouchard said at a press conference. “One of our employees who was in the 911 center as part of the team taking the emergency calls, had a relative killed. This touches us all personally, deeply and will for a long time.”
“We will leave no stone unturned.”
Tate Myre, a junior running back and middle linebacker on the football team, was identified as one of the students fatally wounded in the shooting.
According to LawOfficer, Myre’s actions were apparently so astounding, that not even 24 hours after the bloodbath, a petition is circulating that calls on the school to rename its Wildcat Stadium after him. Although the small town of Oxford has less than 4,000 residents, the petition has been signed by nearly 44,000 people as of Wednesday morning.
The petition organizer Drake Biggie says Myre’s actions will become legendary and his story should be retold for years to come.
“Tate is not just a hero to his fellow students at Oxford High School but a legend, his act of bravery should be remembered forever and passed down through generations, he put his life in danger to try and help the thousands of other students at Oxford High School,” Biggie wrote.
Myre was described by a fellow Michigan high school football player as a beloved athlete in the area.
“He was a standout player. He inspired many people and was loved by many people,” Matt Johnson, 17, told the New York Post.
We are now learning that a 15-year-old sophomore has been identified as the student who opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday.
The shooting left three students dead and wounded six others, including a teacher, authorities said.
Police responded to a report of an active shooter at the high school in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit.
The suspected shooter was arrested and a handgun was recovered, said the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, which added that it doesn’t think there was more than one attacker, reports KSAT.
A medical helicopter landed shortly after 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the school.
The school was placed on lockdowns, with some students sheltering in locked classrooms. They later were ushered to the parking lot of a nearby store after police secured the school and took the suspect into custody.
Geo quick facts: Oxford Township, officially the Charter Township of Oxford, is a charter township in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 20,526 at the 2010 census – Wikipedia.