DETROIT Lions player Jalen Elliott paid tribute to Tate Myre, who reportedly died while trying to disarm the school shooter at Oxford High School.
Jalen, who wears the number 42 just like 16-year-old Tate did on Oxford's high school football team, swapped his normal jersey for one bearing the last name Myre ahead of Sunday's game against the Vikings.
The Detroit Lions posted a video of Jalen to Instagram, using the hashtag #OxfordStrong.
Tate died of his injuries on the way to the hospital in the back of a patrol car, following the shooting in Michigan that killed four teenagers.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, is being charged with killing four students and injuring seven after allegedly opening fire on Tuesday, November 30th.
Tate was considered a “standout” football player who had just been honored by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Division, according to NBC News.
Oxford Football tweeted: “Tate was a wonderful young man who was tremendously hardworking and respectful.
The team said that he had the “brightest of futures” and was a better young man “off the field than on it”.
Tate had always dreamed about playing college football since he was young and he planned to be a leader “not only vocally but quietly”, according to his profile on the sports website The D Zone.
A Change.org petition has been created to rename the Wildcat football stadium in honor of the athlete.
It reads: “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.”
Three other students died in the attack: Hana St Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17.
In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County, Michigan, said: "We have clear evidence it was premeditated and he (Ethan Crumbley) was actually looking forward to it."
According to Detroit Free Press, surveillance videos from inside Oxford High School show the suspected shooter, Ethan Crumbley, entering a school bathroom around 12.51pm local time on Tuesday afternoon.
Minutes later, he reportedly exited the bathroom with a gun in his hand, according to Assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast.
"At that point, he methodically and deliberately walked down a hallway, aiming the firearm at students and firing," said Keast.
"After children started running away from the defendant, he continued down the hallway again at a deliberate and methodical pace, pointing and aiming inside classrooms and at students who hadn’t had the opportunity to escape."
The attack allegedly lasted for around four to five minutes, and ended when the police arrived on the scene.
After authorities entered the school, the shooter reportedly set the gun down and surrendered.
Crumbley has since been charged as an adult with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
He has pleaded not guilty.
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