Father of 3 Youth Alive crash victims found dead

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 7:27 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The father of three teens killed in a 2008 car crash has died. A family friend confirmed Marc Hampton was found dead of a heart attack in his west Louisville home Monday afternoon, he was 50-years-old.

Hampton's three sons, Marc, Demar and Jemar Claybrooks, along with Aaron Shields were killed when the car they were riding in crashed near Old Louisville in December of 2008. Herbert Lee was behind the wheel and was fleeing from police in a stolen car. The boys had been at a Youth Alive event and had no idea Lee stole the car.

Since the accident, Hampton was outspoken about using the tragedy to impact the community. He worked with Aaron's father Frankie Shields to erect a memorial called the Garden of Angels in west Louisville. It was unveiled last Christmas Day and dedicated last month.

The men wanted the garden to be a place to uplift families of young people who die tragically.

Despite Lee being the source of pain for the two families, Hampton began to support and mentor him. Lee was released from jail in December following a manslaughter conviction for the 2008 accident. He even placed a teddy bear at the Garden of Angels and met with both families.

Lee was arrested again in July for stealing a car. Authorities say he'll spend five months in jail for violating probation from the 2008 crash and could face 10 years in prison if convicted.

Hampton put his idea of uplifiting the community at the Garden of Angels into practice when he proposed to his then-girlfriend the day the memorial was unveiled.

Family and friends of Hampton's vowed to complete the structure, complete with flowers and benches.

Hampton turned 50-years-old July and was married three days later. He had been married just 40 days before his death. He leaves behind his wife and soon to be 16-month-old son.

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