Family, friends gather to remember 17-year-old Oxford High School shooting victim Justin Shilling: ‘A hometown hero’

Friends say Justin Shilling was gentle, caring

A funeral was held Thursday night for a 17-year-old boy killed in the Oxford High School shooting.

OXFORD, Mich. – A funeral was held Thursday night for a 17-year-old boy killed in the Oxford High School shooting.

Justin Charles Shilling’s funeral was held at the Boulder Pointe Golf Club in Oxford and live streamed at the family’s request.

“You being here to honor a hometown hero deeply touches his family,” a speaker said.

Justin Shilling (WDIV)

Family, friends, teachers, teammates and coaches were there for the emotional funeral. Justin Shilling was a senior at Oxford High School and the co-captain of the bowling team.

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Members of his golf team carried his clubs one-by-one and placed them in his bag. His bowling team also attended with a special ball and headpin.

Justin Shilling touched many lives. He was remembered as the one who lit up the room when he smiled.

He had a gentleness and caring way about him that was recounted in a story from when he was in middle school: There was a 7th grade teacher at the boy’s school who had shoulder surgery. Justin Shilling volunteered to write the lesson plan on the board and then carried her belongings to her vehicle. As the teacher recovered, he checked on her throughout the year.

Justin Shilling was an organ donor. An honor walk was held on Dec. 3: “Justin Shilling. Be a hero. Give the gift of life.”

17-year-old Justin Shilling died on Dec. 1 after being shot at Oxford High School on Nov. 30, 2021. (WDIV)

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Jason anchors Local 4's 5:30 p.m. newscast. He joined WDIV in January 2015 as a general assignment reporter and has a Journalism degree from Michigan State University.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.