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Dwyane Wade emotional after learning victim was buried in his jersey

Oliver, 17, was excited about Wade's return to the Heat before he was gunned down at his high school by Nikolas Cruz on February 14.


Kahron Spearman


Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said on Monday to reporters that it made him emotional to know a student killed in the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was buried in his jersey.

The 17-year-old's parents unveiled on Univision talk show "Al Punto" that their son was buried Feb. 17 in the jersey of his favorite player.

Its way BIGGER than basketball. We are the voices for the people that dont 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. ??????

Dwyane Wade
Guard, Miami Heat

"You really can't put that in words. You hurt for the family," an emotional Wade told reporters Monday. "If you ever get the opportunity to speak to them, you just try to hope the time where he was alive that you were able to bring some type of joy to his life and something memorable. A story that his family and you guys can talk about."

Wade also took to Twitter to show how Oliver's life and fandom show that athletes should continue to speak out for those who can't.

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