Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade visited students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a Feb. 14 mass shooting at the school claimed the lives of 17 people. The school is about a 50-minute drive from Miami.
One of the victims of the shooting, Joaquin Oliver, 17, was buried in a Wade jersey. The story shook the veteran guard.
You’re about to make me cry this afternoon https://t.co/rWFsQcxlYc— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 25, 2018
Students and faculty posted photos and videos of Wade's visit to the school on Twitter. Wade arrived to cheers and addressed the crowd with a microphone.
"I just wanted to stop by, wanted to come to the school," Wade said. "First of all, I am so excited to be back in this city, in this state. And I just want to come here today and hopefully for a moment, for a second, bring a little of this, bring a little excitement. What you guys have been going through and seeing how resilient you guys have been has been amazing from afar. I just wanted to come and say I'm inspired by all of you."
DWADE JUST PULLED UP AT DOUGLAS BROOOOOOOOOO WHAT pic.twitter.com/YYTaG5GFa5— sebi #neveragain #msdstrong (@sebiloveschoco) March 7, 2018
Wade has made an effort to be a positive voice in the wake of the Florida tragedy.
Wade over the weekend, "I'm thankful I could come back and be able to be a leader and a voice in the community more so than even coming back here and scoring any baskets." https://t.co/8W51akZRMR— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) March 7, 2018