Loved ones remember Manual student killed 20 years ago

Loved ones honor murder victim 20 years later

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There's a saying that time heals all wounds, but for a grieving family, even 20 years have not helped numb the pain of losing a child.

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

"It's hard every day. I don't go to the cemetery ever," Sherrylle Hammond, Sherry's daughter, said. "It's hard for me because I have to relive it again."

It was 20 years ago when Quintin Hammond, 15, was on his way to catch a bus to school one August morning when he was shot and killed, his attackers believed to have been trying to rob him of his shoes. It was a murder that sent shockwaves through the community.

"Whatever was going on in Quintin's life, he referenced the Bible," Sherrylle said. "If he heard me talking back to my mother, he would go to Ephesians and point it out."

Sherrylle said her little brother was always very respectful and would lookout for others.

"He'd give the girls his lunch money," she said. "He was a gentleman. He just wanted everybody to be happy."

But on the gridiron, where Quintin played football at duPont Manual, he was as tough as anyone else.

"As a football player, tenacious," Jerry Mayes, Quintin's former coach, said. "His saying was, 'You can't hold me. I'm bringing thunder.'"

Among the many newspaper clippings of Quintin's murder his family has compiled reads a headline: "When Will the Violence End?" It's a question that still rings true decades later.

"Twenty years ago, we had a lot of murders. Quintin was 46," Sherrylle said. "I don't know what the number is now, but it's still murder."

For Mayes, who has since become the principal at duPont Manual, he said he's reminded of his player's murder every day at 7:40, which Mayes said is when he knows all his students are safe in school."

"I was brought down to the principal's office at 7:22," he said. "Before 7:40, I knew Quintin was gone. So every day at 7:40, I remember it every day."

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

Time continues to pass, but family and friends say Quintin's memory isn't fading, and that he's still out there bringing thunder.

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