Report: High school football star sacrificed his life to save others during school shooting

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OXFORD, MI – In a moment that several people were running scared for their lives, one teenager decided to do anything he could to stop the nightmare caused by an active shooter in his high school.

This hero rushed the shooter to stop him from taking any more lives.

Sadly, he was shot in the process, giving his life for everyone else in the school that day.

This hero, 16-year-old Tate Myre, a star football player and wrestling athlete at Oxford High School, gave his life on that fateful day that a mentally deranged 15-year-old decided to kill as many kids as he could that day. Tate’s attempted encounter with the shooter was made known after the gunshots ended.

Buck Myre rushed to the High School, as many parents did once he learned of the shooting.

When he arrived, he desperately searched for his son at the staging area for survivors, a nearby Meijer’s, he met up with a family friend, JR Laefner. Laefner is the public address announcer for the high school football games and a friend of the family.

Laefner said:

“I was walking with Buck, and we couldn’t find Tate. Buck looked right at me…and he said: ‘You know who would go take that guy out, right?’”

That’s the moment that both men came to the realization that Tate may have attempted to stop the shooter. Unfortunately, their fear that something bad may have happened to Tate came to reality.

The Oxford High Football and Wrestling Coach, Ross Wingert, also searched for Tate at the Meijer. When he asked the several students that were running around, scared for their lives, where Tate was, he was told that Tate was last seen running toward the gunman. Wingert said:

“I was told that everybody in that school was running one way, and Tate was running the other way [towards the shooting].”

Hours after the chaos had ended and the homicide investigation was in full swing, the Oakland Sheriff’s Office confirmed Buck’s worst fear, Tate had been killed.

The Sheriff’s Office noted that a deputy put Tate in his patrol vehicle, he had been shot several times, and rushed him to the hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries before they arrived.

While there is no video evidence to prove that Tate did indeed sacrifice his life for others, those that know him best said that is exactly what he would do in that situation. Wingert said:

“Knowing Tate, knowing how he was raised, he’s the kind of kid that wouldn’t think about it twice. And he’s gonna do it.”

Wingert then spoke about his duty to inform the other student athletes that Tate had died. He said:

“I told them [students] that Tate is the fastest, most athletic kid in that school. There’s no way he couldn’t have gotten there if he wanted to. He would have been the No. 1 candidate to be able to run out of that school if he wanted to. I know Tate chose to do what he thought was right and he made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Wingert then explained a little about how this hero was as a person. He spoke about Tate moving up a weight class in wrestling to help the team which he did without complaint.

He also switched football positions from what he wanted to be, a running back, to a tight end because Wingert needed him to play that position. Wingert said Tate’s personality was one of always doing what was right, for the betterment of others. He said:

“It’s accountability, doing what’s right. You can’t do what he did, unless you prepared yourself beforehand, to know that you’re going to be the guy that’s gonna stand up for everybody.”

Laefner also noted Tate, the way he was raised, and the family he represented. He said:

“It’s [Myre family] the All-American family. If you’re in trouble or if you need anything, they’re there to help. They’re there for the kids. They love school. Buck is like the head of the football parents’ group and helps with the fundraising and is involved in everything.”

One of the other football coaches, Zach Line, also paid tribute to the fallen hero. He wrote on twitter:

“Tate was and will always be a beaming light for Oxford. It’s hard to put into words what he meant to me, but he will hold a special place in my heart forever. God reaches down and touches certain people; he was one of those people. I love you FOUR TWO.”

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Sheriff on Oxford school shooting: We don’t need more gun laws, we need to actually prosecute criminals

OAKLAND, MI- In the aftermath of the most recent horrific school shooting, the Oakland sheriff overseeing the investigation stressed the need for more prosecutions of criminals who use firearms.

 

On Wednesday, December 1st, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard was asked by reporters about the possibility of the Oxford High School attack leading to “consideration of gun legislation,” to which he responded by saying:

“We have a whole lot of gun laws that are meant to hold criminals accountable when they commit a crime, when they use a gun, when they carry a gun illegally, and they are not utilized today.

That’s one of our constant concerns around the country … we see this across the nation, we catch somebody illegally with a gun and it’s pled down to a misdemeanor and they’re out.”

The sheriff added:

“I believe the surest way to get a handle on holding people accountable when they’re doing things illegally with a gun is to punish them and that’s not happening in many communities across America today.”

 

Bouchard also referenced the National Institute Criminal Background Check System (NICS), saying:

“There is a huge number of people that are prohibited from buying that firearm that are caught by the system that are never prosecuted for trying. We have gun laws in place, we’re not holding people accountable.”

Michigan Democrats, on the other hand, have used this deadly shooting to renew their calls for gun control legislation to be passed in the state’s Republican-controlled legislature. 

On Wednesday, December 1st, Democratic Michigan state Sens. Brenda Carter and Rosemary Bayer, who represent the district that Oxford High School is located in, released a statement from the legislature’s Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention Caucus calling for “commonsense gun safety legislation.”

The statement read, in part:

“We are heartbroken by the tragic events that happened in our own backyard. No parent should have to fear for their child’s safety at school and no community should have to bury the children they helped raise.

While we have met resistance on taking proactive measures to prevent gun violence in the past, we are asking folks to consider a change of heart and mind so the students who died at Oxford and who have died in countless other tragedies across the country, have not died in vain.”

Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also released a statement calling for lawmakers to “act against gun violence.” She said:

“Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day. We have the tools to reduce gun violence in Michigan. This is a time for us to come together and help our children feel safe at school.”

 

The Associated Press (AP) noted that Bayer introduced a bill earlier in the year aimed a holding adults accountable for not properly securing their firearms. The gunman in the Oxford High shooting, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, is believed to have used a gun that his father bought on the day after Thanksgiving to carry out his attack.

The bill would reportedly require adults to keep a firearm in a securely locked container if they know it is accessible to minors. If a minor obtained the gun and used it to kill or injure, the adult would face up to five years in prison. 

Republicans have not held a hearing on the measure or other gun-control legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said:

“If we get obsessed with eliminating all risks, we will then develop and evolve into a country we won’t recognize because we’ll also have no freedoms. It’s a balance. It’s a very narrow road. It is hard. These kinds of events keep those thoughts in mind.”

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