(NewsNation Now) — The four teenagers killed by a fellow student at Oxford High School in Michigan were being remembered Wednesday for their commitment to athletics, art and family.
Tate Myre, 16, was a member of the school’s varsity football team and an honor student, according to the football team’s tribute to him on Twitter.
A Change.org petition to rename the school’s football stadium after him claims he was shot while trying to disarm the shooter.
“Tate was a great young man with a bright future and beloved by all,” the team’s tweet read. “You will be missed, Tate.”
Myre frequently shared video highlights of his play during football games and recently retweeted a media interview following a playoff game win on a rainy evening. Reflecting on an 0-3 start to the season, he said the team worked hard and had to trust and love one another to recover.
“Rain is just like Oxford football: tough, muddy,” he said, wearing the number 42 on his white jersey. “Everything about us is tough.”
Brett Moore, 46, said his son, a sophomore at Oxford High School who played football with Myre, is taking his friend’s death “very badly.”
“Tate drove him home from practice every day and they went to homecoming together,” said Moore, who teaches in Walled Lake schools. “He was a great kid.”
Hana St. Juliana also was remembered for her passion and commitment to athletics.
The Oxford women’s basketball program paid tribute to the 14-year-old St. Juliana on Twitter.
“We will never forget your kind heart, silly personality, and passion for the game,” the team’s post said. “Since 6th grade camp you have stayed dedicated to Oxford Basketball, soaking in the game. … This season we play for you Hana.”
Madisyn Baldwin’s grandmother told WDIV-TV that she was a talented artist who loved to draw, read and write.
The 17-year-old was the oldest child in her family, with a half-brother and two sisters. Her grandmother said she already had received multiple college acceptances and was looking forward to the future. She described her granddaughter as patient and “so kind.”
Authorities announced Wednesday that a fourth student died of his injuries that morning. They identified him as 17-year-old Justin Shilling.
Managers of a restaurant in nearby Lake Orion, Anita’s Kitchen, said Shilling worked there — one of many employees who attended Oxford High School since they opened.
“Justin was an exemplary employee, a devoted friend and co-worker, co-captain of his bowling team, and simply a pleasure to be around,” a message on the restaurant’s Facebook page said. Another six unidentified students and a teacher were wounded.
Three other victims are still hospitalized as of Wednesday night, and four have been sent to recover at home since Tuesday.