Vanden High School star student-athlete dies

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KTXL) — A Vanden High School student-athlete has died after he was shot by another teen.

Daniel Hughes’ father told FOX40 Monday the 17-year-old star football player died from his shooting injuries.

“Late last night, our son passed away,” said Dejon Hughes during a vigil held by the community.

Fairfield police say Hughes was in a car with 18-year-old James Williams and another teenager on Easter Sunday when Williams fired a gun, hitting Hughes. 

Williams ran from the car while the other teen stayed behind to help Hughes, according to police. 

“We’re extremely heartbroken, devastated,” Dejon Hughes said. “For the past two weeks, we’ve been on a terrible roller coaster ride.” 

Two days later, the 18-year-old suspect turned himself in to police and was booked into the Solano County Jail. 

That same day, doctors gave Hughes 24 hours to live. 

“I just want to say that we love him. We’re proud of him. And that we just want to keep his legacy, and his name, alive,” explained Daniel Hughes’ mother, Katie Marshman. 

“Thank you for all the support from all the friends and family behind us, to help us get to this point and time,” Dejon Hughes said.  

Daniel Hughes’ organs will be donated to save other people’s lives. 

“We live in Fairfield. This is Sacramento. These people came at a drop of a dime just to be here, to give Daniel his last walk. So, he could go ahead and give life, to some more people,” Marshman said. 

“For all those who didn’t know Daniel, they wish they did, ‘cause he was that kind of person, that kind of adult, that kind of young man,” said Mark Null, who coached Daniel Hughes since the teen was 4 years old. “He would make your life better just by knowing him.”  

“He was a tremendous student-athlete, a leader in our community, leader in our classroom, leader among the sports teams. And it’s had a huge rippling effect on our community,” said coach Sean Murphy. 

 “This situation is going to change the lives of his peers, people in our community,” said coach Demetrius Crawford. 

Police have not said if the shooting was intentional or not. 

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