Family remembers Sherman teen one year after double homicide

SHERMAN, TX - It's been a year, Sunday, since a double shooting in Hugo left two Texoma men dead. One of them, Sherman teenager Qualin Hayden. Sunday his family and friends, girlfriend, and 7 month old little girl, gathered at his grave to remember him.

As the sun set on the 365th day since Qualin Hayden's death, the Sherman teenager's family and friends gathered at his grave to remember him, a year after the double shooting that took his life in Hugo, Oklahoma.

"I feel that, you know, my best friend had been just taken from me, for no reason,' said his mother, Sheila Richards.

The shooting left Hayden's mother without a son, "We're not supposed to bury our children our children are supposed to bury us."

It also left his daughter without a father, "Oh he would love her. He would love her, call her his little pooch," said his Hayden's girlfriend of six years speaking about Hayden's 7 month old daughter, Paris.

And his friends without his smile, "His smile, his goofiness. Just being able to be around him," said one friend.

"He was a good friend, good brother, great family member, awesome basket ball player, he had the biggest heart ever he would give it, even if he didn't receive nothing in return."

On August 3rd, 2013, 33-year-old Dawaylon Rainey allegedly entered a Hugo apartment complex, then shot and killed Hayden, and 23-year-old Floyd Devin Clegg.

"I just pray for him every night you know what I'm saying? Praying he's in a better place..that he made it," said friend Braylon Mitchell.

"It's horrible, it's horrible. They're never coming back, you just have your memories and your good times of what he left behind," said Richards.

Rainey pleaded not guilty to two counts of first degree murder. His trial, originally scheduled for June, has been pushed back to October 14th.

"It's a long time coming. I just want justice for a death that shouldn't have ever happened," said Richards.

While Hayden's family and friends wait for that justice, they tell me they take comfort in the fact that while he is gone, he won't be forgotten.


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