Madisyn Baldwin was identified by her family as one of the three victims who died in the Oxford High School shooting. Baldwin was 17 years old and expected to graduate at the end of the school year.
The other two deceased victims were identified by officials as 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana and 16-year-old Tate Myre.
The suspect is a 15-year-old sophomore, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said at a press conference.
Baldwin was one of three people who were killed in the shooting in Oakland County, Michigan just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, 2021. The two other deceased victims were not immediately identified. An additional eight people, including at least one teacher, were injured in the shooting, officials said.
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Baldwin Would Have Graduated in 2022 & She Had Been Accepted Into Several Colleges
Baldwin was preparing for the next steps in her life – high school graduation and college – when she was killed at Oxford High School, her family told told Click on Detroit.
“Her family said she had already been accepted into several colleges, some with a full scholarship,” Click on Detroit reported.
Her family told the news outlet she loved to draw, read and write. She was the oldest of three siblings, the family said.
“She had a younger half brother and two sisters she loved dearly,” the news outlet reported.
A GoFundMe started by Baldwin’s grandmother and verified by a GoFundMe spokeswoman had raised nearly $60,000 as of 7 p.m. December 1, 2021.
“When there’s an unspeakable tragedy like this, people have a deep urge to help and provide comfort to those affected,” the GoFundMe spokeswoman said in a statement provided to Heavy. “Our top priority is to ensure the safety of our giving community and to ensure every dollar donated on GoFundMe goes to the right place and into the hands of those in need.”
The grandmother, Jennifer Graves Mosqueda, wrote that she was “lost for words.”
Hello, my name is Jennifer and also known as GiGi to Madisyn.( My beautiful granddaughter) Today has been absolutely unbelievable for all involved. Im lost for words and no good at asking for help…however I’m reaching out to all of you…my friends, family and loved ones to help in anyway you can. This unbelievable tragedy could never be planned for or expected by any of us. My daughter and son-in-law would never ask for anything during this time, however I want them to be able to be with each other, their other children and family during this time without worrying about work, bills and arrangements. Every little bit will help!! Thank you all
The Oakland County Sheriff Said Oxford High School Had Been Proactive in Safety Measures
Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a 10 p.m. press conference that Oxford High School had taken safety precautions including intense and rigorous training that allowed officials to prevent further loss of life.
“Oxford has been one of the more proactive school districts. This kind of thing can happen anywhere,” Bouchard said.
The suspect was taken into custody within five minutes, officials said.
“The high school has approximately 1,800 students. Cars were dispatched at 12:52. Within two minutes they had the suspect in custody,” Bouchard said. “The deputies removed from the suspects a 9 mm Sig Sauer pistol was still loaded and had 7 rounds of ammunition. When they took it from him he was walking down the hall. That interrupted what could have been seven more victims.”
An alert on the Oxford Community School website says they will be closed for the remainder of the week, and grief counselors will be made available.
“As we grapple with the horrific tragedy in our school community all district schools will be closed for the remainder of the week. District families and staff, please see your email from OCS for details on available grief counseling,” the alert said. “Please keep our school community in your thoughts and prayers throughout this most difficult time.”
Grief counselors will be available beginning at noon Wednesday, November 1, 2021, a notice said.
Oxford Community Schools released a statement to parents.
It said, in part:
Our school community is grieving a most horrific tragedy as an active shooter opened fire at Oxford High School at approximately 1 pm today. We are devastated to share that three of our precious students have lost their lives. Seven students and one staff member have been injured and are being treated for their injuries.
As we face the unimaginable, we are grateful for the swift action of our first responders. The suspect was apprehended by Oakland County Sherriff’s Department and is in custody. Our school community will need everyone’s most sincere support during this tragic time.