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Tragedy turns a music video into a tribute

Aug 10, 2019

This story originally aired on February 11, 2017.

Marcus Haney has caught several big named musicians on camera, including the likes of Coldplay and Elton John.

In 2014, he was asked to produce a music video for the British band Bear's Den. He came up with the idea of coming to Seattle to film his younger brother, Turner Haney, and Turner's friends, who all attended Seattle Pacific University, capturing youth on the brink of adulthood. 

But on June 5, 2014, the day the filming was supposed to begin, tragedy struck. Aaron Ybarra walked onto to the campus of SPU armed with a shotgun and opened fire, injuring two and killing one, Paul Lee. 

Lee was a friend of Turner's, as well as others who were set to appear in the music video. The day after the shooting happened, Turner and his friends decided that they would still do the music video, but instead making it a tribute to Paul Lee. 

Tuner Haney and Katie Reagan, who also appeared in the video, discuss in this interview the process they went through to cope, how they needed each other, how the heartbreaking lyrics of the song took on a whole different meaning, and how the project became a way to not only pay tribute to a lost friend, but an opportunity to show the world an intimate view of students reeling from a school shooting.