PHILADEPHIA – Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was shaken by today’s tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland. Wade’s sons go to school in Broward County, including, Zaire, who attends American Heritage in Plantation.
Wade and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra offered their thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting in which 17 people were killed and many more injured when a former student returned to the school and opened fire.
“Anytime something that happens anywhere in the world it’s sad and a lot of speculation on why,” Wade said. “I think as a parent you always fear for your kids leaving the house period. But one of the safest places is school.
“It’s very unfortunate, all the families dealing with the unknown of what’s going on with their kids, our prayers go out to them. The families that have been affected by this incident, our prayers go out to them, it’s so unfortunate.”
Wade’s wife, Gabrielle Union, sent a message through social media saying “there are no words to describe the despair, horror & anger. This does not have to be our collective reality.” She then asked “How many more? How many children must not make it home?”
A somber Heat coach Erik Spoelstra opened his pregame media session before tonight’s game in Philadelphia by addressing the shooting.
“I’d like to just say our thoughts and prayers to all the students and families and teachers, everybody in Parkland that’s suffering from just an incredibly tragic and absolutely senseless act,” Spoelstra said. “It’s horrifying, as we’re finding more information about it, I just want them to know we’re thinking about them. It makes this game feel totally insignificant. And it’s just mind-boggling.”