OXFORD, Mich. — A football player, an artist, a basketball and volleyball player, and a valued restaurant employee were killed in this small community when a 15-year-old student allegedly opened fire Tuesday at his high school.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said Wednesday that the suspect, Ethan Crumbley, would be 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.
Here’s what we know about those killed:
Tate Myre, 16
Myre was described by those who knew him as an outstanding athlete and an even better person. He died as a deputy tried to transport him to a hospital, officials said.
“The deputy saw that there was such a grievous wound that there was no time to wait and tried to load him in the car to get them as fast as he could to a hospital,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said.
Myre joined the varsity football team as a freshman, and he was regarded as hard-working and widely respected, former teammate Drake Biggie said. The two had known each other from a young age, and their families went camping together.
“Everyone wanted to talk to Tate, everyone wanted to be around Tate,” said Biggie, a recent graduate of the high school.
Student Kamari Kendrick, 15, said Myre was his “idol,” the star athlete he’d looked up to since moving to Oxford. “Everybody knew him and everybody loved him,” Kendrick echoed.
Brett Moore, a teacher in the nearby town of Walled Lake, said Myre took his son to football practice every day and was part of the anti-bullying campaign.
“He was a great kid, an all-A kid,” Moore said.
A petition to rename Oxford High’s Wildcat Stadium after Myre had generated more than 227,000 signatures as of Friday evening. In comments, signers called Myre a “hero” and “the face of our football team.” Other tributes included the hashtag “#42,” the number Myre bore on his jersey.
“It is with great grief that one of the victims of the tragic event at OHS today was one of our own, Tate Myre,” said a post on Oxford Football’s Twitter account Tuesday. “Tate was a great young man with a bright future and beloved by all.”
It is with great grief that one of the victims of the tragic event at OHS today was one of our own, Tate Myre. Tate was on varsity since his freshman year and was an honor student. Tate was a great young man with a bright future and beloved by all. You will be missed, Tate 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/AKJCH1UWBG— Oxford Football (@OxfordFootbalI) December 1, 2021
In an October interview with the D Zone, a news outlet that covers Michigan-based sports, Myre spoke about the team’s win amid a “rough” season.
“We didn’t quit,” he said. “We trust each other, we all love each other. We’re hoping to do more.”
Madisyn Baldwin, 17
An artist who loved to draw, write and read, Baldwin had already been accepted into several colleges — some with a full scholarship, her grandmother told Detroit TV station WDIV.
“It’s just surreal, traumatizing,” her grandmother told the news station, her voice shaking. “She touched so many people. She had so much patience. She was so kind.”
Baldwin, the eldest child in her family, is survived by a half brother and two sisters. In a photo shared widely online, she posed in a patterned red dress and a big brown hat.
A GoFundMe fundraiser had collected more than $60,000 for Baldwin’s family as of Wednesday night. The organizer, Jennifer Graves Mosqueda, identified herself as Baldwin’s grandmother and said the teenager had called her “GiGi.”
“Im lost for words and no good at asking for help … however I’m reaching out to all of you … my friends, family and loved ones to help in anyway you can,” Mosqueda wrote on the fundraising page, which GoFundMe verified as authentic. “This unbelievable tragedy could never be planned for or expected by any of us.”
Hana St. Juliana, 14
St. Juliana’s father described her as “one of the happiest and most joyful kids,” McDonald told reporters Wednesday. Photo tributes shared on social media show St. Juliana smiling and posing alongside a sea of purple and pink flowers.
St. Juliana, the youngest of those killed in the shooting, played basketball and volleyball at Oxford High. In a recent basketball team photo, she wore her #52 jersey.
We will never forget your kind heart, silly personality, and passion for the game. Since 6th grade camp you have stayed dedicated to Oxford Basketball, soaking in the game.— Oxford High School Women's Basketball (@OHSWBball) December 1, 2021
Last night was your high school debut.
This season we play for you Hana. 🙏
“We will never forget your kind heart, silly personality, and passion for the game,” read a tweet from the school’s basketball program. “Since 6th grade camp you have stayed dedicated to Oxford Basketball, soaking in the game. … This season we play for you Hana.”
Justin Shilling, 17
Shilling, a senior, was a co-captain of Oxford High’s bowling team and a golfer, McDonald said Wednesday.
The 17-year-old was known for his academic achievements, his family said in a statement, which included being a member of the Oxford school district’s International Baccalaureate program and a university scholarship awardee.
Shilling was also described by his family as a “tireless worker” — juggling his studies and three jobs, including one at Anita’s Kitchen, a Lebanese restaurant in Lake Orion. An “exemplary employee,” Shilling was “simply a pleasure to be around,” the restaurant said on Facebook.
“Since we opened our doors in Lake Orion in December of 2019, much of our staff has consisted of Oxford High School students,” the restaurant posted. “Simply put — we would not be a restaurant without them. Our heart aches for them all today, as they begin to heal from this terrible tragedy.”
Alex Garcia, who met Shilling through mutual friends a year ago, recalled the 17-year-old inviting him to the restaurant where he worked.
Shilling was always “kind, respectful, [a] hard worker,” Garcia wrote in a message to The Washington Post. He was “that kid that’s always cool with everyone.”
But more than his work ethic and academic achievements, Shilling was “a Grandson, a brother, a cousin, a classmate, and without hesitation, a friend,” his family said.
“Justin Charles who was so dear to our hearts was at the same time beloved of so many people in his school and his community,” they said in a statement. “The loss of Justin leaves such a gaping hole in our family that we cannot conceive of life without him.”
Shilling died Wednesday morning, a day after the shooting, at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. His family said his organs will be donated to Gift of Life.
Community members encouraged each other to gather at McLaren Hospital to support the Shilling family through Justin’s honor walk — a ceremony in which staff and family members line the hospital’s halls as the organ donor’s body is wheeled into the operating room.
“His potential was boundless in life and yet in death he continues to give of himself as an organ donor,” his family said. “We feel the world can’t have too much of Justin.”
Hassan reported from London, Iati and Kornfield reported from Washington, and Bellware reported from Chicago. Hannah Knowles in Washington, Kayla Ruble in Oxford, Mich., and María Luisa Paúl in Lakeville, Minn., contributed to this report.