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Man charged with first-degree murder in shooting death of Iona signee Michael Haynes

Aug 2, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

Michael Haynes Alleged Shooter

A 20-year-old Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of former Chicago prep star and Iona signee Michael Haynes, an attorney’s office spokeswoman announced Wednesday.

Haynes, 22, was shot and killed last week trying to break up a fight over a stolen necklace, his cousin said.

According to a report, a group of men were shoving each other when Haynes shoved Cinque Lee, the man charged in his death, who allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him.

His death came just days before he was scheduled to leave Chicago and head to Iona to enroll in summer classes and begin working out with the Gaels. He spent last season at Indian Hills Community College where he averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

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

Gun violence in Chicago has spiked by 38 percent since last year, according to the Associated Press, and Wednesday more than 200 public school children marched in the city to draw awareness to the issue.

“He wanted to get out of Chicago as soon as possible,” Iona assistant Jared Grasso told the New York Times. “It’s a sad thing. He was such a good kid. He just wanted an opportunity.”

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. paulhargis53 - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Fry this waste of air and space. What a piece of garbage.

  2. fnc111 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Look at the city that is home to Obama. The criminals will always have guns.

    • florida727 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      I grew up on Chicago’s south side, walking distance from White Sox park. Moved to the suburbs as soon as our family could afford to. Violence in the inner city is horrific, and at the expense of sounding racist, the VAST majority of it is committed by blacks. That’s not racist, that’s a FACT. Anyone surprised by this is either naive or just plain ignorant. Blacks, by far, are responsible for more violence than any other race of people. Makes you wonder why…

  3. papichulo55 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Yes, the criminals will always have guns because there will always be good, law abiding citizens willing to sell.

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