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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Hartford family is grieving after a senseless shooting claimed the life of their loved one.

Over the weekend, a father of two was murdered in cold blood outside of Rawson Elementary School while a basketball tournament was going on.

Four people were shot on Saturday and one of the victims, identified as James Headen, died after being shot in the head.

Headen was Daysha Stewart's uncle and she said the shooting has taken a toll on the family.

“It's just why, why him,” she said.

All she has to remember her uncle by are his photographs and a hand print made out of clay that the family saved from the hospital on the night he died.

“Every time when I wake up I walk by it I go ahead and just place my hand in it I feel comfort from it,” Stewart said.

Headen left an impression on his entire family that will never fade away.

“He was the kind of person that made everybody laugh,” said Headen's sister Donna Wilkerson.

She said she will miss her brother's happy personality most of all.

“Even when you had a bad day if he came around. He just made the joy come out of you,” Wilkerson said.

His family said they can't help but think about how tragic his death was. He was shot in broad daylight while watching a popular basketball tournament.

Police said the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute over sunglasses.

Investigators said Headen wasn't a target, just an innocent bystander who has left behind so much more than a hand print.

There will be a vigil at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the basketball court in Headen's honor.

The other victims were 23-year-old Justin Jones, who was shot in the hip/groin area, and 24-year-old Shawn Patterson, who was shot in the hand. Jones is in stable condition and Patterson was treated and released.

The suspect, 23-year-old Roosevelt Holmes, was also shot and appeared in court on Monday.

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