UM, Lions to honor Oxford HS shooters

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The Michigan Wolverines and Detroit Lions will take special steps this weekend to honor the victims of the Oxford High School shooting that took place in the state this week.

The Wolverines will wear a special patch in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday, and the Lions will have a helmet sticker and wear special T-shirts during their game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The shooting took place on Tuesday when a 15-year-old student at Oxford High School shot and killed four students, injuring seven others, including a teacher.

To pay tribute to these victims and the community, Michigan will wear a patch in the shape of a “Block O” to represent Oxford and will have the initials “TM” and the number 42 with four blue hearts under it.

“TM 42” pays tribute to Tate Myre, a sophomore footballer from Oxford who was one of the four students killed. The other three victims who will be honored through the four hearts on the patch are Hana St. Juliana, a basketball and volleyball player; Madisyn Baldwin, a hopeful artist; and Justin Shilling, a member of the bowling and golf teams.

In the announcement, Michigan said, “We are proud to represent the state of Michigan and all of its communities. #OxfordStrong is #MichiganStrong.”

Lions coach Dan Campbell said the team will honor the victims by wearing T-shirts, hats and a helmet sticker during Sunday’s home game at Ford Field. There will also be a moment of silence ahead of the competition.

“Those guys are in our minds, so we want to represent them on Sunday,” Campbell said. “I know there will be a group of students and children and people who have been affected who will watch this game, so right now it’s the best way to help them.”

Oxford High School football coach Zach Line played for the Vikings and New Orleans Saints during his NFL career

Campbell, who was the tight-ends coach at the Saints when Line played there, reached out to him after the tragedy to share his condolences.

“It’s hard. There’s no other way to say it,” Campbell said. “And he said, ‘This is a hard trial; this is a hard thing we are going through right now.’ Deservedly.”

ESPN’s Eric Woodyard contributed to this report.


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