FAIRFIELD(CBS13) – A Fairfield football player who was shot Easter Sunday is now giving the gift of life.
Daniel Hughes fought for two weeks, just recently passingÂ awayÂ from his injuries.READ MORE: 'That Is Just Inhumane': Hidden Camera Captures Alleged Elder Abuse At Folsom Senior Living Facility
âThe best way that we are going to honor him every day is knowing that he helped so many other people,â said Dejon Hughes, Danielâs Father.
There has always been a special purpose to Danielâs life, whether it be through playing basketball or football.
But never didÂ Dejon think itÂ would be special enough to save the life of someone close to their own family.
âHe is a hero…Daniel is a hero,â he said.
His organs are now saving the lives of five people, including the father of Dejonâs grandson who now has Danielâs kidney.READ MORE: de Vere's Irish Pub Closing Its Doors At Sacramento And Davis Locations
âTo have to go through this again,Â I wouldnât want that on anybody let alone my grandson to have to go through that loss of his father,â Dejon said.
Dejon says Daniel had a passion for giving. He spent time visiting Shriners Hospital in Sacramento and was always there for people who needed him.
Itâs not easy thinking about what life will be like without his son especially sitting in the park whereÂ Daniel grew up playing.
âIâm totally heartbroken, sitting at this park right now without my son,â he said. âI want to hold you; I want to see your smile I just canât stop thinking of him.â
Dejon says Daniel would be proud knowing just how big of a difference he is making, evenÂ in theÂ livesÂ of those heÂ never knew.
âI love him, son I love you so much,â Dejon said.MORE NEWS: 2 People Shot During Fight In Old Sacramento
Dejon hopes to have a bench or the court at Gary Falati Park named in his sonâs honor.