A former Chicago Public High School basketball star was shot and killed on the Far South Side Thursday evening, just months before finally achieving his goal of playing Division I college basketball.
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.
Hayes’ basketball career involved a number of destinations. In May he committed to Iona College in New York and it looked like his dream of playing Division I basketball was finally coming true.
“He was an innocent victim, very loved by everybody,” Blouin said. “He was our meal ticket. He was going to heal this hood and they took his life.”