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Friend held without bail in fatal shooting of ex-CPS basketball star

Michael Haynes sophomore Washington

Michael Haynes, sophomore Washington

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Updated: September 4, 2012 6:16AM

His mistake was telling a longtime pal he was wrong to pull out a gun during an argument among friends, Cook County prosecutors said.

And for that, Michael Haynes, who was just days away from moving to New York to play Division I college basketball, was allegedly gunned down by a man he had known for years.

Cinque Lee tried to offer a firearm to his and Haynes’ friend when that friend and another started arguing over a stolen necklace on the afternoon of July 26, assistant state’s attorney Wendy Caceres said.

Later that evening, as the group of friends hung out, outside in the 11600 block of South Vincennes, Haynes, 22, tried telling Lee his actions were out of line.

“That’s one of the guys, that’s bogus,” the former Chicago Public High Schools basketball star told Lee, 20, Caceres said.

“F--- the guys,” Lee allegedly said.

Haynes then punched Lee in the face before Lee pulled a gun out from his waistband and shot Haynes four to five times, Caceres said.

Lee, who allegedly fled from the scene as his other friends rushed Haynes to the hospital, was arrested Tuesday in the 8100 block of South Loomis.

Judge James Brown ordered Lee, who is currently on supervision for a battery and reckless conduct conviction, held without bail for the fatal shooting Thursday.

Meanwhile, Haynes’ brother, Brian Haynes, appeared in another courthouse for allegedly forcing his way into a home near the murder scene — apparently looking for revenge for his brother’s slaying — and threatening to shoot four people inside.

Brian Haynes, 21, will be back in court Aug. 24 for his four counts of home invasion with the discharge of a firearm charges, said state’s attorney spokesman Andy Conklin.

Michael Haynes’ basketball career involved multiple high schools and colleges. In May, he committed to Iona College in New York, and it looked like his dream of playing Division I basketball was finally coming true.

As a freshman in high school, he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds at Corliss High School. In his sophomore year, he teamed with Deandre Liggins at Washington and led the Minutemen to the city championship game at the United Center, where they lost to Simeon and Derrick Rose.

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