A vigil was held on Tuesday evening in memory of the innocent Hartford man killed over the weekend while watching a basketball tournament in the city's Blue Hills section.
Court documents state that shooting suspect 23-year-old Roosevelt Holmes was acting in self defense after his designer sunglasses were stolen off of his head near the basketball tournament outside of Rawson Elementary School on Saturday afternoon.
Three other people were shot including James Jay Headen would die after a bullet struck him in the head.
State. Rep Doug McCrory witnessed the tragedy and said what he saw was like something he had seen in a movie.
He said he was close enough to where the shooting happened that he frantically looked for his son as he saw the victim on the ground.
"It just sent a chill through my body cause I knew it was not good, it was not going to be good," McCrory said.
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. At last check, Jones was in stable condition and Patterson was treated and released.
Holmes faces several charges related to the shooting, but no murder charge. Police said other charges are pending and further arrests are possible. Holmes was arraigned at Hartford Superior Court on Monday.
"My client shot back as a person tried to rob and shot him," Gerald Klein, who is the attorney for Holmes, said.
His family had little to say leaving court.
However, Headen's family spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News about the immense grief they're feeling and the man that Headen was.
"Even when you had a bad day if he came around, he just made the job come out of you," Donna Wilkerson, who is Headen's sister, said. "We're just living through his memories."
Investigators said Headen wasn't a target, just an innocent bystander.
"That's what made me really angry was because you had women out here, you had children out here. You just had a lot of good people out here and for someone to just interrupt and destroy an opportunity in this community that someone put together made me really upset," McCrory added.
Friends and family gathered at the basketball court in Headen's honor. There were two candles lit resting near the basketball court in honor of Headen.
Tournament organizer Maurice Eastwood said he planned the event on Saturday and said while he didn't tell police about it, he just wanted to do something positive for the community.
"I just want to offer my condolences to everybody who was affected the other day," Eastwood said. "It's sad to know that somebody lost their life.
McCrory said he credits Eastwood with trying to give young people something to do. He said the focus should be on the life that was taken for no good reason.
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