Thousands sign petition asking Oxford High School to rename football stadium after shooting victim

AAn online petition circulated Tuesday asking Oxford High School, Michigan, to rename its football stadium after a shooting victim.

The Change.org petition asks Oxford to rename Wildcats Stadium after Tate Myre to honor his bravery after the teen allegedly tried to disarm a 15-year-old suspect who police said killed three people and injured eight in a shootout on Tuesday. As of Wednesday morning, the petition had more than 42,000 signatures.

“Tate is not only a hero to his Oxford High School comrades, but a legend,” the petition reads. “His act of bravery must be remembered and passed down from generation to generation. He put his life in danger trying to help the thousands of other students at Oxford High School.”

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Myre, 16, was a junior and a running back on the school’s football team. He has played on the varsity team since his freshman year and was an honorary student. As a soccer player, he received a regional soccer award from the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association in February. He aspired to attend Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Wayne State University or Texas A&M University, according to the Detroit News .

Two other victims, Hanna St. Julian, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, were also killed in Tuesday’s shooting. The suspect, identified as a high school sophomore, is in custody.

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Authorities identified the weapon used in the shooting as a 9mm Sig Sauer SP2022 pistol. Police said the gun was purchased by the suspect’s father four days before the shooting.

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