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You left your footprints on the sands of time Know there was something that you left behind when you left this world, no regrets You Left so

Hickory Police identified the deceased victim as Olutayo Ayodele Babatunde, 29, of Hickory. Shaun Wilfong, 29, of Hickory, was seriously injured in the shooting. He is listed in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The shootings occurred across the street from the Brown Penn Recreation Center on 3rd Street SW. Police responded to a 911 call at about 2:24 p.m., according to Lt. Scott Hildebrand.

Witnesses to the aftermath of the shooting said that Babatunde ran south on 3rd Street for about 40 yards before collapsing. Emergency medical personnel attended to him there and transported him to Frye regional Medical Center, according to witnesses. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Wilfong was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after the shooting by helicopter.

Officers said witnesses saw a 1990's-model, purple Cadillac with a beige top leaving the scene.

..tayo was shot in killed in the neighborhood park .tayo was an AMAZING person, Excellent father & just Loved by Everyone he crossed paths with.


Losing a friend is never easy. I really dont know what to say. My heart especially goes out to his daughter & his mother. I know how crazy he was about them both. I just hope that this is a wake up call for some people. Every time someone has died this year its gotten closer & closer to home. We all need to pray, repent, & mend any broken relationships or friendships that we may have. No one is promised the next day, the next hour, not even the next minute. We need to learn how to let things go & move on! Let God fight ur battles & settle ur disputes! We need to love more! What happened is very, very sad & unfortunate, & we need to take heed to whats goin on around us.....
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