All the students slaughtered in the Florida shooting had a story of dreams and aspirations, which were tragically brought to an end on Feb. 14 when a former student allegedly opened fire at their school.
Joaquin Oliver is among those who died in the gun violence. He was a member of the Parkland Basketball Club and an avid fan of Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade.
Oliver was buried in Wade's jersey. His parents revealed this heart-wrenching piece of information on the Univsion talk show, “Al Punto.” It didn’t go unnoticed by the basketball star as he addressed the untimely death of the 17-year-old on Twitter.
This is Joaquin Oliver. He was one of the 17 young lives that were lost tragically at Douglas HighSchool in Parkland. Joaquin was one of many that i heard was excited about my return to Miami and yesterday was buried in my jersey. This is why we will not just SHUT up and dribble! pic.twitter.com/X0tfTTao33— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 26, 2018
It’s way BIGGER than basketball. We are the voices for the people that don’t get to be heard. Joaquin Oliver may you Rest In Peace and i dedicate my return and the rest of this Miami Heat season to you. ????????????— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 26, 2018
Prior to paying homage to Oliver, Wade extended his condolences to his parents.
“You hurt for the family. If you ever get the opportunity to speak to them, you just try to hope the time where he was alive that you were able to bring some type of joy to his life and something memorable," he told reporters, according to Miami Herald. "A story that his family and you guys can talk about. Like I said, I retweeted on Twitter, you’re going to make me cry. It’s emotional even thinking about that, that his parents felt that, buried him in my jersey was something that he wanted. I take pride in what I’ve done in this state and what I’ve meant for the youth. I appreciate it.”
Dwyane Wade shares his thoughts on 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, a victim of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, being buried in his jersey— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 27, 2018
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Wade’s refusal to “shut up and dribble,” was in reference to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s impertinent comment from last week.
In response to NBA superstar Lebron James' criticism of President Donald Trump's failure to address gun violence, Ingraham told James to "shut up and dribble."
Wade, who used to be James’ teammate on the Miami Heat, didn’t hesitate from divulging his contempt for Ingraham’s racist taunt:
They use to try and hide it.. now the president has given everyone the courage to live their truths. https://t.co/OwLSMHIG0m— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 16, 2018
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