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Habitat for Humanity helps family overcome tragedy

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OKLAHOMA CITY—One local family is rising from the ashes and giving a new beginning to another family with the help of Habitat for Humanity.

Boyd and Doris Haynes lived in the same home for decades before tragedy cut their time together short.

Burke Haynes said, “They were in this community since 1968 and they were the only people who’ve lived in this house and they continually gave to the community and we want to continue that legacy.”

In 2011, 16-year-old Tristan Owen caught their home on fire, killing them both.

The family donated the land that once housed their lives to Habitat for Humanity in hopes of giving another family a new start.

Haynes said, “This home was full of a lot of love. I’m glad somebody is getting a new beginning.”

Meanwhile, Owen will be tried as an adult on murder and arson charges.

That trial is expected to begin later this month.