20 years later, family honors teen killed over sneakers

20 years later, family honors teen killed over sneakers

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – 40th Street had a yard full of memories on Sunday. Some were happy, but most were not.

"Reliving it all over again," Sherry Hammond said. "It's hard the second time around."

WAVE 3 News met Sherry Hammond twenty years ago, when her 15-year-old son Quintin Hammond was shot to death on his way the bus for school.

His killers wanted his sneakers, but what they got, was convicted.

"The pain is hard to endure," Sherrylle Hammond, Quintin Hammond's older sister, said.

The family has held on to every reminder of Quintin Hammond.

"This was the bar of soap that he had in the bathroom," Catherine Hammond, Quintin's grandmother said. "I don't know why I just picked it up, couldn't let it go."

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Quintin Hammond was known as a student with integrity and drive. He made the duPont Manual High School varsity football team as a sophomore.

"They're still holding number four up at every game," Sherrylle Hammond said.

Quintin Hammond's then coach, now Manual principal Jerry Mayes, used to drive him home from practice. He can recall every detail from the morning  his player was shot.

"There's a pit in my stomach until that 7:40 bell rings," Mayes said. "It's been there ever since because I know all my kids are safe."

Safety is what the Hammond family wants for every child.

Sherrylle Hammond noted Sunday that more and more youth are becoming involved in violent crime in Louisville. She encouraged the community to take responsibility and make a change.

"It starts at home," Sherrylle Hammond said. "If we could get a hold of our children at home the community will slow down."

Quintin Hammond was the 46th homicide in Louisville in 1997, there have been 78 this year.

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