After a Florida football coach was shot and killed in front of his youth team on Oct. 13 in Fort Lauderdale, new details are surfacing about what the community is doing to find the suspects and help grieve the loss of their beloved peewee coach.
Dave Williams, 43, was setting up cookies and drinks following the team’s Thursday practice just moments before the violence unfolded at Mills Pond Park.
The volunteer coach saw a group of men approaching the crowded park — filled with over 600 people — and reportedly began yelling for the children to run.
“I just heard the shots, ran in that direction and found one of my coaches on the ground, fighting for his life,” Jamaal Gaines, president of the Fort Lauderdale youth football team, who was at the park during the scary incident, told the Sun Sentinel. “It’s shocking. You think you hear fireworks, but you see people grabbing their kids and running.”
All practices and games were canceled this weekend due to the violent incident, and police are asking the Fort Lauderdale residents to help identify the gunman or gunmen responsible for killing Williams.
President of the State’s Youth Football League, Martin Maultsby, says his team is “in the process of planning events to remember Williams."
“It’s a traumatizing situation,” Gaines said.
Williams died on the way to a nearby hospital after multiple gunshot wounds. Officials were still looking for the suspects and trying to identify the motive since Friday.
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