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Iona signee Michael Haynes shot and killed in native Chicago

Jul 26, 2012, 11:50 PM EDT


Michael Haynes, a 6-6 forward who was one of nine players that signed to attend Iona in 2012-13, was shot and killed according to Indian Hills CC head coach Barret Peery.

Haynes first attended UTEP but never played there before transferring to Indian Hills, where he averaged 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season.

“We’re shocked and deeply saddened by this news,” Peery said to Scott Jackson of the Ottumwa Courier. “He was such a great kid and great member of our team. He was a popular guy who wore his emotion on his sleeve and absoultely loved being a part of this family.

“Michael was a great friend to all his teammates and a great kid overall. He’ll truly be missed.”

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Michael Haynes, 22, was shot dead while trying to break up a fight over a stolen necklace near his home, said his cousin Kandice Blouin, 25.

Police said he was shot in the wrist, chest and lower back about 5:10 p.m. in the 11600 block of South Vincennes Avenue. Acquaintances dropped him off at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, where he was declared dead about 6:25 p.m., authorities said.

Blouin said several men were shoving each other when Haynes pushed the shooter, who pulled out a gun and shot him.

“The Iona family is devastated with the news on Michael’s passing,” said Iona head coach Tim Cluess in a statement released by the school.

“His passion, energy and excitement for his opportunity this year makes this tragedy even more upsetting. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Photo credit: Chicago Sun-Times

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  1. papichulo55 - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    Why cant people have fist fights anymore? Stop and Frisk seems like a common sense response, but its too controversial. The PC crowd should try explaining the importance of the civil liberties to the parents of this young man.

    Cant wait for the Anti Terror technology to filter down to the everyday cop. We are not too far away from the day that cops will be able to scan for weapons from their cruisers.

    My condolences to this young mans family…

  2. seanb20124 - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Chicago values

  3. wanderoos24 - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Truly sad when a kid gets killed for doing the right thing! Happens way too often. RIP Michael Haynes

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