What to Know
- Since Joaquin Oliver died, his parents have been honoring his memory through charities to support classmates who are seeking change.
- Oliver’s name made national headlines when he was buried in the jersey of his favorite basketball player, Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade.
The family of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student killed in the mass shooting earlier this year will meet with the media Friday – alongside lawyers representing other victims in the case who claim the Broward County school district is trying to minimize its responsibility in the Parkland tragedy.
The parents of Joaquin Oliver – one of the 17 slain on February 14th inside the Parkland school - are expected at a news conference with attorneys already representing two other victims’ families.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the insurance company for the school district is attempting to claim the shootings as one incident with many victims – a move they are doing using a state statute that limits liability for the district to just $300,000 per occurrence and $200,000 per person.
Several survivors have filed lawsuits – including Anthony Borges, a freshman who was shot multiple times while protecting classmates – against a variety of defendants, including the school district and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Since Joaquin died, his parents have been honoring his memory through charities to support classmates who are seeking change.
“Our hearts are broken yes, but we will love our son forever,” said his father, Manuel, at an event just days after his son was killed.
Oliver’s name made national headlines when he was buried in the jersey of his favorite basketball player, Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade – who responded by honoring Oliver and the other victims in the weeks that followed.