Published on July 26th, 2016 |1
Woman killed during shootout between 2 groups at Piedmont Rd. bar/restaurant
Atlanta Police reported Hayden, a resident of Houston, Texas, who was a recent graduate of Prairie View A&M and a management trainee with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, was shot when two groups of males began shooting at each other following an argument.
Witnesses told police there were two groups of men shooting at each other in the bar parking lot and Hayden was caught in the crossfire, was shot in her arm and side and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she died. She was the sister of Minnesota state Sen. Jeff Hayden.
Following the fatal shooting of Hayden, the Buckhead Coalition issued a reward offer of $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible, which is added to the similar amount available from “Crime Stoppers” operated by the Atlanta Police Foundation.
Coalition president and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell also expressed sympathy to Jeff Hayden, who told an Atlanta news reporter his sister “was a beacon of light in our family.”
Meanwhile, the owners of the Anchor Down Grille, former NFL players Uche Nwaneri and Edawn Coughman have donated $1,000 to establish a fund at GoFundme.com (https://www.gofundme.com/2g43nu4?&su=1#_=__) to help support funeral expenses for Hayden’s family. The restaurant opened about a year ago under this management.
“Edawn and I are heartbroken by the events that occurred outside our restaurant Saturday morning,” said Nwaneri, an offensive guard who used to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys.
“When we started our entrepreneurial venture last year, we had high hopes of building a successful business and a safe environment for Atlantans to enjoy a good meal and a place to interact and enjoy the company of community friends,” Nwaneri added. “While this unfortunate situation did not happen inside our business, it did occur nearby and we feel terrible about the situation.”
“In these times of devastating shootings, it never occurred to us that such a tragedy would happen near our restaurant,” said Coughman, an offensive tackle who has played for eight NFL teams. “People need to learn to settle disagreements without guns.”
“We know this fund will not replace the loss of this wonderful woman nor console her grieving family, but we just felt moved to do something to help them out,” Coughman stated.