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Family remembers Manual High School student killed over his gym shoes 20 years later

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –  Quintin Hammond was killed over his white gym shoes on the second day of school while waiting for the bus. Now, 20 years later, his family is asking the community to step up against the rising violence.

At just 15 years old, Hammond gave it his all in every aspect of his life, whether that be his faith or football.

“He always loved the Lord. He would put God first,” said his mother, Sherry Hammond.

“He wanted to be the best football player, he wanted to be a star athlete. He wanted to be the best,” said his sister, Sherylle Hammond.

“His saying was ‘you can't hold me, I'm bringing thunder,’” added his former coach and now Manual principal Jerry Mayes.

Hammond was a sophomore at Manual High School when he was shot on the way to his second day of school. He was waiting for a Tarc bus at 41st and Larkwood Avenue when he was killed over his gym shoes.

“One of the reasons why we sent Quintin out with white tennis shoes on was because he went to Manuel where they wore red. We lived in a blue neighborhood, per say, when all the gang violence initially started coming around Louisville so I knew to get him a neutral color,” Sherylle Hammond said.

Two decades later, family said reliving this day is just as hard, if not harder, the second time around. But they're doing it to hopefully make a change that starts at home.

“What I'm asking the parents to do is start reprimanding them a little bit better,” Sherrylle Hammond said. “But it has to come with some structure. You can't do it one day and then two weeks later it's not there. You have to teach them respect.”

Mayes said not a day goes by that he doesn't think about him every morning.

“To this day as the principal, there's a pit in my stomach until that 7:40 bell rings and it's been there ever since because I know all my kids are in and they're safe,” he said.

As Hammond's family and friends released balloons on the anniversary of his death - there's one thing that has kept them going through the years.

“He was a good child, I know he's in heaven,” said his grandmother Catherine Hammond.

Hammond would have been 35 years old.

The two people involved in his death were convicted of murder and robbery.  

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