Devin Hester: Cousin’s murder charge takes a toll on our family

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Antoinne Hester, the cousin of Bears receiver Devin Hester, is a fugitive wanted for murder. Devin Hester says his cousin’s actions have been difficult for his family.

It affects family members,” Devin Hester told the Chicago Tribune. “I always have my cousins come to help me, to work in the camp. It helps me and at the same time kind of puts a little money in their pockets. So, three days later, after he left, that incident happened. It is very shocking to me. It does take a toll on the family, but at the same time some of my family down there, I hate to say this, but that is just the life they live. And, you know, you try to be a role model with the situation I am in, playing football. But sometimes people are stuck in an environment where they can’t get out. It’s just the worst situation that he is in and a bad decision that he made.”

Antoinne Hester is accused of shooting and killing a man on July 4. Devin Hester has cooperated with the police and says that as far as he knows, no one in the family has seen his cousin since. But the family has been feeling the strain of dealing with the situation.

“I love my family,” Hester said. “I hate to see something like this.”