The Ottumwa Courier

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July 26, 2012

Report: Former Warrior Michael Haynes killed in Chicago shooting incident

OTTUMWA — Michael Haynes, a key player on this past season’s Indian Hills basketball team, was shot and killed in his hometown of Chicago Thursday afternoon, according to Warriors head basketball coach Barret Peery. No further details have been released on the shooting, which reportedly came following a dispute earlier in the week.

“We’re shocked and deeply saddened by this news,” said Peery, who was in Las Vegas on a recruiting trip Thursday when he received news of Haynes’ death. “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.”

Haynes was one of five players on this past year’s Indian Hills basketball team to sign with a four-year school to continue their careers as student athletes. Haynes, who spent one year at UTEP before coming to IHCC last season, signed with NCAA Tournament qualifier Iona of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

“Mike had a bright future. He had done everything to give himself that opportunity,” Peery said. “It’s such a tragedy. The future was so bright for him. It’s a sad end to the story.”

Peery said he had already passed the news on to members of the Indian Hills basketball team, including the entire coaching staff and several returning players who were teammates of Haynes this past season.

“Right now, I think we’re all in shock. We’re all still trying to process this,” Peery said.

The 6-foot-6 freshman forward helped IHCC reach the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament this past season. After scoring in double figures in five of his first six games with the Warriors, Haynes settled into a bench role and averaged 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds as IHCC finished seventh in the nation in Peery’s first season as head coach.

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