"You’re about to make me cry this afternoon," Wade tweeted in response to the news, which Oliver's parents made public Sunday on Univision show Al Punto. Wade added:
This is Joaquin Oliver. He was one of the 17 young lives that were lost tragically at Douglas HighSchool in Parkland. Joaquin was one of many that i heard was excited about my return to Miami and yesterday was buried in my jersey. This is why we will not just SHUT up and dribble! https://t.co/X0tfTTao33
Wade further reflected on Oliver and what he means to young fans:
When the 17-year-old was buried earlier this month, his love of the Heat and Wade was one of the main aspects of his funeral. Oliver was said to be thrilled about Wade's return to Miami after he spent the 2016-17 season with the Chicago Bulls and first half of 2017-18 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Heat honored Parkland victims with a pre-game tribute before Saturday's game.
"Tonight we honor the 17 lives that was tragically lost in Parkland," Wade said Saturday in an address to Heat fans. "We applaud the fearless students that are fighting for their lives. And we also make sure that their voices are heard around gun safety. You are our nation's inspiration. We salute you, and we support you."