HAZELWOOD — Shooting, dribbling, passing — a special basketball clinic in Hazelwood is more than learning how to play. It’s to honor the memory of Micah Graham, who dreamed of following in his grandfather’s footsteps.
“Micah’s dream was to play in the NBA and be a star. So this is our way of giving back to the kids and the community and Micah’s message to reach back,” explained Graham’s grandfather, Mark Halsel.
The family organized the clinic and did not accept donations. It was free, held at Lewis Playground for children ages 12 through 17. Rena Halsel is Micah’s grandmother. She made all of the T-shirts.
“He was an absolute show off and I think he would be proud. And I think he’s looking down and he’d be proud.”
Micah was only 16 years old, a junior at Woodland Hills High School and a member of the basketball team. He was found shot to death on Nov. 4 in Les Getz Memorial Park in Swissvale.
A reward is being offered to find his killer. This clinic was also held to raise awareness about gun violence. As of now, police have not made any arrests, but the family remains hopeful.
“We take it day by day and we try to stay positive about everything. Just honor him any way we can and hopefully you know someday we will get justice for Micah. I’m sure it’s going to come you know, one day,” Rena Halsel said.
This case is still unsolved. Anyone with information about Micah’s death is asked to call the Allegheny County police tip line.