The family of Oxford High School shooting victim Justin Shilling released a statement on Friday regarding the death of their son who was one of four students killed along with seven injured during a tragic shooting on Tuesday in Michigan.
The statement was shared with multiple outlets in Michigan and nationwide on Friday to honor Shilling, revealing “our hearts are broken” as the family mourns alongside the Oxford community.
“As the community we have loved and lived in reels from this tragedy we as a family have to mourn the loss of our son. Justin Charles who was so dear to our hearts was at the same time beloved of so many people in his school and his community. He was a Grandson, a brother, a cousin, a classmate, and without hesitation, a friend. The loss of Justin leaves such a gaping hole in our family that we cannot conceive of life without him. Our hearts are broken and yet still go out to the other families suffering this very same loss at this very same moment and which is beyond imagination, nothing any family should have to endure,” the statement read.
The family’s statement also emphasized the “beautiful” lives of Shilling and the other three victims who were killed.
“As a family we would like to appeal to the public to keep the importance of what has been lost here in the forefront of our minds and the news. These are beautiful children’s lives, full of potential and with the expectation of so much more to come,” the family shared.
The words described Shilling as a dedicated student, worker, and athlete whose “potential was boundless in life.”
“Justin was a scholar, part of Oxford School Districts Baccalaureate program and a university scholarship awardee. He was a tireless worker with three jobs that he juggled along with his studies. He was lettered athlete and had bowled on the Oxford High School bowling team. His potential was boundless in life and yet in death he continues to give of himself as an organ doner. We feel the world can’t have too much of Justin,” the statement added.
The family also extended condolences to all families impacted by the Oxford High School tragedy, adding their thanks for the support of their community.
“In closing we would just like to send our most sincere condolences to all the families involved in this tragedy and can say assuredly that we DO know your pain. And to the community thank you all for the out pouring of love and prayers. We can never express the gratitude we have in our hearts.”
Shilling, the fourth victim, 17, passed away at approximately 10:00 a.m. local time at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac just one day after the shooting tragedy that took the lives of three students.
The three students who died on the day of the incident included Tate Myre, a 16-year-old football player, who died in a sheriff’s deputy’s car while traveling to the hospital; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.
Six additional people remain wounded, including one unnamed 47-year-old teacher grazed by a bullet.
Other students noted in the press conference and reported by a local FOX 2 affiliate included:
- A 14-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head and jaw is in serious condition.
- A 17-year-old girl was listed as stable after being shot in the neck.
- A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg and is stable.
- A 14-year-old girl with chest and neck wounds is currently on a ventilator after surgery, according to the sheriff.
- A 17-year-old girl was shot in the chest and is in critical condition.
The suspect is currently being held at a local juvenile detention facility and has declined to speak to law enforcement regarding motives. The 15-year-old student faces 24 charges, including four counts of first-degree murder and terrorism. His parents also face four charges of involuntary manslaughter.
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