Noted Louisiana Sculptor Fatally Shot; Son Arrested
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Frank Hayden Jr., a noted Louisiana sculptor and professor at Southern University, was shot to death early Saturday, police said. His son was arrested and charged with murder.
Hayden, 52, was shot twice in the head with a .32-caliber pistol, apparently while he slept on a couch in the family’s den, police Sgt. Carl Thompson said.
Police said Hayden’s son, Frank Hayden III, 21, who lived with his family and had been under psychiatric care, was arrested and booked on a single count of second-degree murder.
Thompson said family members called the city-parish Emergency Medical Services soon after the shooting and the EMS team called police. He said a paramedic told him Hayden apparently died instantly.
In 1983, Rep. Henson Moore, R-La., Rouge, nominated Hayden to sculpt a memorial commemorating the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C.
Last July, Bishop James A. Lyke of Memphis commissioned Hayden to sculpt a bronze figure of St. Martin de Porres to present to Pope John Paul II during last September’s New Orleans visit.
″I never had the slightest idea that I would do a statue for the pope,″ Hayden said at the time. He said he worked ″day and night″ to get the project completed.
Hayden was raised by his mother in a housing project in Memphis Tenn., and never received any formal art training in high school. But after his early work showed promise, he won a scholarship to Xavier University in New Orleans and later won fellowships and grants for study abroad.