Dwyane Wade was moved when he heard a victim of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting was buried in his jersey.
17-year-old Joaquin Oliver was one of the 17 victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb 14 and was buried in a Miami Heat Dwyane Wade Jersey, his parents reportedly announced on Univision.
Wade saw a tweet and responded with "You're about to make me cry this afternoon."
“This is why we will not just SHUT up and dribble!” Wade added in a later tweet.
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! pic.twitter.com/X0tfTTao33— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 26, 2018
It’s way BIGGER than basketball. We are the voices for the people that don’t get to be heard. Joaquin Oliver may you Rest In Peace and i dedicate my return and the rest of this Miami Heat season to you. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 26, 2018
“It’s emotional even thinking about that, that his parents even thought burying him in my jersey was something that he wanted,” Wade told reporters on Monday.
On Saturday, the Heat played their first home game since the shooting and paid a moment of silence and tribute video for the victims before playing the Memphis Grizzlies. Players and coaches held a Stoneman Douglas Eagles flag at mid-court.
.@DwyaneWade delivers a stirring pregame speech at AmericanAirlines Arena, telling the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week that they are a inspiration to this country. #MSDStrong #HeatCulture pic.twitter.com/yycLWsxp3F— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) February 25, 2018
"Tonight we honor the 17 lives that were tragically lost in Parkland." Wade told the crowd. "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.”