When Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver was laid to rest, he was buried in his favorite athlete's jersey. The 17-year-old who died in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was buried in Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade's signature jersey. The basketball player got emotional when asked about his fan.
"You really can't put that in words. You hurt for the family," he told reporters on Monday, according to ABC News. "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. A story that his family and you guys can talk about."
Oliver, who was born in Venezuela, was buried in Wade's No. 3 jersey on Feb. 17.
"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!," Wade tweeted. The latter statement was in regards to backlash LeBron James received from Fox News' Laura Ingraham for "talking politics."
Wade wore sneakers with Oliver's name on Tuesday when the Miami Heat played the Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat won, and Wade sunk the game-winning jumper, according to ESPN.
Other celebrities have come forward in support for the Parkland victims in the world of sports. Both Drake and Lil Yachty have said publicly that they want Aaron Feis, the assistant football coach and security guard who was killed during the shooting, to win the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the upcoming ESPYs.
“I think that’s amazing. For someone to do that in real life, he had a good heart. He was more than just a coach. In my eyes, you do something like that, you’re a superhero," Yachty told TMZ. "If the ESPYs [don't] do it, that’s a problem. Give the man an award.”
Feis shielded students when a shooter broke out at the high school. The shooter ultimately killed 17 people before being tracked down and taken into police custody. Feis suffered a gunshot wound and died after he was rushed into surgery.
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