Joaquin Oliver, a 17-year old victim of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was laid to rest earlier this month in the jersey of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
According to the Miami Herald, Oliver, a passionate heat fan, was overjoyed when the Heat traded for Wade at the NBA trade deadline and was looking forward to watching Wade play out the rest of his career in Miami.
Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver was buried in a Dwyane Wade jersey. pic.twitter.com/TRXNj8bBKk
— ESPN (@espn) 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
“Joaquin was one of many that I heard was excited about my return to Miami and yesterday was buried in my jersey,” Wade wrote in a post attached to a photo of Oliver on the news. “This is why we will not just SHUT up and dribble!”
Wade has reiterated the argument that dominated the national discourse last week, calling for stricter gun laws following one of the deadliest massacres in modern United States history. Speaking to the crowd at American Airlines Arena before the Heat’s victory over the Grizzlies on Saturday night, Wade looked on as players from both teams held a Stoneman Douglas banner and said one of their goals was to “make sure that [the students’] voices are heard around gun safety.”