Yaqub Salik Talib in an undated booking photo. NFL

Brother of former NFL star Aqib Talib wanted as suspect in fatal shooting of youth coach

Brother of former NFL star Aqib Talib wanted as suspect in fatal shooting of youth coach

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Aug 15
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According to several reports, Yaqub Salik Talib, brother of former prominent NFL cornerback Aqib Talib, is wanted in connection with the shooting death of a coach during a youth football game Saturday night. Lancaster, Texas.  Authorities have reportedly filed an arrest warrant for Yaqub after identifying him as a suspect.

A dispute between a coaching staff member and an officiating crew apparently led to the shooting. The identified victim is one of the team’s coaches Michael Hickmon, 43, who died later in a hospital.

The alleged incident is caught on footage showing the referee trying to calm a guy as they walked toward the camera. They were suddenly surrounded by a fight that involved some people.

There were a total of five gunshots heard in the footage before the person filming it sought cover. There were children present, some of them were younger than nine years old, and they all saw everything unfold.

“Aqib was present when this unfortunate incident occurred and is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life,” said Aqib Talib’s attorney. “He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.”

“It was too extreme, I wasn’t expecting that. I was so close I thought I was shot,” friend and fellow coach Heith Mayes said to CBS Dallas.

Mayes also said the kids are traumatized by this incident.

“Half of them couldn’t sleep. They’ve been crying, worried, don’t want to play football. I mean, what can you expect? They’re nine, they’re babies,” Mayes said.

Aqib Talib is a former NFL star who played for the Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots, and the Los Angeles Rams, and has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times.

“Aqib was present when this unfortunate incident occurred and is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life. He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.”

- Aqib Talib attorney on shooting death

"They were upset about losing. Dude came on the sideline and said it was going to punch the ref, so the ref called the game."

- Heith Mayes

"We saw one of our coaches lying there on the floor. It was heavy. More than just a coach. Great father, great man, great role model, great mentor."

- Mike Freeman

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