MIAMI (WSVN) - A Marjory Stoneman Douglas School High shooting victim was buried in his Dwyane Wade jersey, family members said.
Wade was moved and caught off guard when he heard that Stoneman Douglas victim Joaquin Oliver was laid to rest wearing his jersey.
Oliver’s parents told Univision’s “Al Punto” that their 17-year-old son was laid to rest wearing the jersey of his favorite player.
Upon hearing the news, Wade reacted on Twitter. “Like I retweeted on Twitter, I said, ‘You’re about to make me cry,'” Wade said. “It’s emotional even thinking about that, that his parents felt that burying him in my jersey was something that he wanted.”
Oliver was laid to rest three days after the shooting.
“We hurt for the family. If you ever get the opportunity to speak to them, you just try to hope that the time where he was alive, you were able to bring some kind of joy to his life,” Wade said.
Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat held a tribute for the Stoneman Douglas victims on Saturday at the American Airlines Arena, their first home game since the mass shooting in Parkland.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and players from both the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies joined to hold the Stoneman Douglas Eagles flag at mid-court prior to tip-off.
They continued to hold the flag as a video tribute played on the Jumbotron to honor and remember the 17 victims of the mass shooting.
Dwyane Wade spoke on behalf of the Heat saying, “Tonight we honor the 17 lives that were tragically lost in Parkland. We applaud the fearless students who are fighting for their lives, and we also want to make sure that their voices are heard about gun safety. You are our nation’s inspiration, we salute you and we support you.”
Heat players will wear a Marjory Stoneman Douglas patch on their game jerseys for the rest of the season in support of the shooting victims and the Parkland community.
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