“He was a hero…he was my hero,” Man killed while reportedly looking out for family

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ENID, Okla. -- A shocking scene plays out on the streets of Enid, after one man's killed allegedly trying to save his dad.

Chilling 911 recordings captured the moments just after 21-year-old Michael Hayes was shot on 7th Street.

"My baby's gone, and I'll never get him back," said Amanda Ensminger, Michael's mother.

Amanda says it was just before 10 p.m. when a fight started.

"There was an altercation over at my old place...my husband got jumped by a bunch of guys," explained Ensminger. "One of the gentleman stuck a knife to my throat, and told me he was gonna gut me if I didn't get out of his face."

Soon after, the attackers were gone. But Amanda says they didn't leave without giving a warning.

"I hear him say 'I got you, I got you.....I'll be back.'"

Family members say Michael was later shot in the back. His father then tried to drag him out of harms way, and that's when the gunman aimed again.

"The bullets were meant for his dad, so he jumped in front of him," explained a family member.

"He wasn't even involved, He was just trying to protect his dad," said another.

Not long after, the suspects disappeared, as Michael lay in the road. He later died at a nearby hospital.

Police have since arrested 21-year-old Larry Lawson III on a first degree murder complaint. Lawson turned himself in Thursday afternoon.

The family told NewsChannel 4 money is tight right now. As a result, Michael's grandfather has given up his burial plot, next to the grandmother.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help buy Michael a headstone.

"He was a hero...he was my hero," said Ensminger. "That's all I can say."


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