One played high school football well enough to catch the eyes of college recruiters.

Another was a great player in both golf and bowling.

One girl was a volleyball player and another played basketball.  Another enjoyed art.

The four teens chased different passions, but all of their lives were cut short in a school shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday afternoon.

Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Hana St. Juliana, 14, died within hours of the shooting. Justin Shilling (17) survived another day before succumbing to his injuries in the local hospital.

Their names join a litany of others who have died in schools across the nation as part of an ongoing scourge of gun violence.

In addition to the four young people who lost their lives, seven others — students Phoebe Arthur, John Asciutto, Riley Franz, Elijah Mueller, Kylie Ossege and Aiden Watson as well as teacher Molly Darnell — were also wounded in gunfire, according to authorities.

A sign asking for prayer for Oxford High School students Madisyn Baldwin, Hana St. Juliana and Tate Myre is posted in the window of Sullivan's Public House in downtown Oxford on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School that left four students dead and multiple others with injuries.

“Intent to Kill”:The visual timeline for the Oxford High School shootings

More:A chilling video captures pandemonium in the Oxford High School classroom during filming

Tate Myre, Honor student and Football player

Tate Myre played running back, tight end and linebacker on Oxford’s football team. He also wrestled. According to his player profile, he was 6’5″ and weighed 195 lbs. He was an honor student with a 3.9 grade point average.

Tate was the youngest brother of his three siblings. Tate’s father, Buck, headed the football team parents’ group, arranging dinners and assisting with fundraising.

“It’s the All-American family,” said JR Laefner, a family friend who serves as public address announcer at school football games. “If you’re in trouble or if you need anything, they’re there to help. They’re there for the kids. They enjoy school. They’re just that high school family that’s involved.”

A football match at University of Toledo was three days before the shooting. He thanked his coaches and shared a picture of him near the goal line in a tweet. He wore his Oxford varsity jacket with a field pass draped around his neck.

Fact? Checked.Checking the Facts newsletter ensures you get the whole story.

Tate made his debut in October. Online video, touting the team’s toughness in coming back from a 0-3 start to make the playoffs where Oxford defeated rival Clarkston. 

On Wednesday night, over 70,000 had signed an internet petition in support of naming the football stadium at his school after him.

Madisyn B. Baldwin: Aspired artist. ‘Beautiful. Smart. Sweet.

Madisyn Baldwin was described by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald as “a talented artist and a big sister.” Friends posted online tributes touting her abilities.

“This beautiful, smart, sweet loving girl was tragically taken from us all today leaving a huge hole in all of our hearts and” lives, her grandmother, Jennifer Graves Mosqueda, wrote in a public post on the online fundraising site GoFundMe.com.

The Free Press verified the account.

Pastor Liz Wilson from the Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in the Village of Oxford said she spoke to Baldwin’s grandmother, a member of the congregation, on Tuesday night, and has offered his support to the community after the shooting.

“I may have to do a funeral and that’s the worst nightmare in the world,” she said.

Hana St. Juliana: “One of the most happy and joyful children”

In announcing charges against the accused shooter, McDonald said Wednesday she had spoken with the fathers of two of the teens who had died. And one of them, McDonald said, wanted people to know that his 14-year-old daughter, Hana St. Juliana, “was one of the happiest and most joyful kids.”

Reached at his Brandon Township home, Steven St. Juliana said he was not up to speaking with the Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, and referred a reporter to a friend in the neighborhood, Jennifer Curtis.

Curtis said Hana was “kind, gentle and generous, really one of the best kids we’ve ever known. She was a special kid, always willing to help.”

She said she and her husband are both educators, and that Hana was a good student and “a joy to have in the classroom.”

“She was a good kid who wanted to the right thing and be a good person,” Curtis said.

“She always had kind words to say about people” and did not engage in negative talk, Curtis said.

Curtis shared that Hana enjoyed playing volleyball and basketball at Oxford High. She also loved to learn how to cook.

Curtis explained that their children attended school together and the relationship developed. Curtis said that the two families shared a love of sports, holidaying together and trick-or treating together. She said that their lives were inextricably intertwined.   

Justin Shilling: “Simply a joy to be around”

Justin Shilling represented Oxford on the golf team. According to Mhsbowling.com, he also participated in the bowling program, with a 161-average. 

Last season, Justin won 32 games, lost five and tied one, according to the records.

Justin was a server at Anita’s Kitchen’s Lake Orion, Middle Eastern restaurant.

“We’ve just learned of the passing of one of our bright, young Lake Orion employees, Justin Shilling, in relation to the tragic events that took place at Oxford High School yesterday,” the company posted on its Facebook page. Justin Shilling was an exceptional employee. A devoted friend and colleague, co-captain on his bowling team and just a great person to have around. We are thinking of his loved ones and sending our condolences to them during this time.

Follow John Wisely @jwisely



Source: USAToday.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here