When Tuesday began, Tate Meyer dreamed of a Division I college football scholarship for his future.
But the 16-year-old junior at Oxford High School in Michigan will never set foot on a college campus. He was among four students killed Tuesday by a 15-year-old sophomore in a school shooting north of Detroit.
Mayer was killed when he tried to “disarm the shooter,” according to a petition on change.org, created to rename the school’s football stadium for Mayer, the Oxford Wildcats. Played running back and middle linebacker for
As of Thursday, the petition had more than 114,000 signatures.
“Tate was not only a hero to his fellow Oxford High School students but a legend. His bravery should always be remembered and passed down through the generations. He gave his life to help thousands of people. Endangered. Thousands of other students at Oxford. High school,” wrote petition organizer Drake Buggy.
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According to the Washington Post, Biggie was a former colleague of Mayer who is now in college.
Had a great time at the Toledo game yesterday. Thanks @RickyCicconeUT @ToledoFB For the feast!@ReggieWynns @TheD_Zone pic.twitter.com/VIDhtHWGPG
— Tate Myre (@TateMyre2023) 28 November 2021
Authorities have not yet released details about how Mayer tried to save his fellow students.
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“He’s a standout player. He inspired a lot of people and was loved by a lot of people,” 17-year-old student Matt Johnson told the New York Post.
Friends paid tribute online, saying Myre had already been accepted to several colleges, some on full scholarships, the newspaper reported.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Mayer died before arriving at the hospital on Tuesday.
“One of our deputies, due to the severity of the injuries, put a child in their vehicle and sadly the child died in the car,” Bouchard said.
RIP #TateMyer https://t.co/FXSquo24E1
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Sina Hanna St. Juliana, 14, Madison Baldwin, 17, and Justin Schilling, 17, among others, killed the students for the attack.
Oxford High School sophomore Ethan Crumble, 15, will be tried as an adult on charges including first-degree murder and terrorism, according to USA Today.
In a video made Monday, the suspect threatened to shoot and kill the students, authorities said.
Bouchard said the suspect exhibited “rebellious” behavior at school, including an incident that prompted his parents to call the high school less than three hours before the attack, USA Today reported. .
The motive for the hunt is still unclear. Bouchard said the suspect has no history of…