A Michigan teen is being hailed as a hero after losing his life attempting to disarm a school shooter Tuesday.
Oxford High School students say 16-year-old Tate Myre rushed Ethan Crumbley, 15, in an attempt to take away Crumbley’s weapon.
“I was told that everybody in that school was running one way, and Tate was running the other way,” Ross Wingert, who coached Myre in football and wrestling, told the Detroit Free Press.
- Just hours after the shooting Myre’s classmates created a petition to rename the school’s stadium in his honor.
- Authorities say Myre died from his injuries while en route to the hospital.
- According to Wingert, Myre was “the fastest, most athletic kid in that school.”
“There’s no way he couldn’t have gotten out of there if he wanted to,” he said. “He would have been the number one 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.”
Myre was one of four students who died during Tuesday’s shooting, ABC News reported.
- Crumbley, who is being charged as an adult, faces two dozen charges, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism.
- The suspect came out of a school bathroom with a semi-automatic handgun and began firing at students while moving down the hallway, prosecutors said during Crumbley’s arraignment Wednesday.
- While prosecutors have yet to disclose a motive, they said the shooting was premeditated and there is a “mountain of digital evidence” against Crumbley.
As of Wednesday night, three students remained in hospitals, including a 17-year-old in critical condition.