A HEROIC footballer has died trying to disarm the suspected Oxford High School gunman who allegedly killed four.
Tate Myre, 16, died of his injuries while driving to hospital in the back of a patrol car after Tuesday’s shooting in Michigan.
Tate was considered a “standout” football player who had just been honored by the Michigan High School Football Coaching Association’s division, according to NBC News.
Oxford football tweeted: “Tate was a wonderful young man, extremely hardworking and respectful.
The team said he had the “brightest future” and was a better young man “off the pitch than on this”.
Tate had always dreamed of playing college football since he was young and he planned to be a leader “not only vocally but quietly,” according to his profile on 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 only a hero to his Oxford high school mates, but a legend, his act of bravery must be remembered and passed down from generation to generation, he put his life into danger trying to help thousands of other Oxford high school students.
Joseph Cusumano commented: “Tate is the face of Oxford football. We will miss him and we must do something to recognize him. It’s that thing.
Meanwhile, Carter Bennett added: “Tate was the basis of the attitude that is Oxford Football. He came in early every day, working his butt. He was always caring and kind to others. I will miss you.
And, Jordan Swartley said, “Heroes deserve to be honored and remembered, even when the circumstances in which their heroism has been brought to light are tragic. Love to his family and friends.
Four people died as a result of the rampage. Hana St Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, have been identified among the victims by police.
And Justin Shilling, who was in critical condition after the shooting, died of his injuries on Wednesday. He was the co-captain of the school’s bowling team.
Eight other people, including a teacher, were injured in the high school shooting.
Sophomore Ethan Crumbley has been charged with terrorism and murder.
He also faces seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Police officers revealed that the suspect came out of the bathroom armed with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, fired about 15-20 shots into the south end of the school building, and had acted alone.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald added that her office was weighing the accusation of both Crumbley’s parents and would make prosecution decisions “quickly”.
She said the evidence suggests the school shooting “was not an impulsive act” and may have been premeditated.
McDonald said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed in the future.
The alleged shooter appeared in court by video for his arraignment.
Crumbley, who wore a white mask and glasses, sat with his hands cuffed in front of him and wearing what appeared to be an anti-suicide vest.
The alleged shooter only spoke when the judge asked him to give his name and if he understood the charges against him.
Crumbley has been denied bail and will remain behind bars, isolated from other adult inmates.
The 15-year-old faces life imprisonment if convicted.
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