Honor walk held for 17-year-old Oxford High School shooting victim who is organ donor

Justin Shilling one of four students murdered in mass shooting inside school

For the first time, we’re hearing from the family of one of the victims who died in Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School.

PONTIAC, Mich. – Many community members showed up outside McLaren Oakland for an honor walk in support of the family of a 17-year-old who was killed in the Oxford High School shooting.

Justin Shilling was one of four students killed when shots were fired in the hallways of the school. Shilling was an organ donor. An honor walk is a event to commemorate a patient prior to organ donation.

His family released the following statement:

“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.

“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. 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.

“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.”

Read more: Family of Oxford High School shooting victim Justin Shilling: ‘His potential was boundless’


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