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South Florida youth football coach gunned down in front of players, parents

A South Florida youth football coach was shot dead in front of his players, parents and fellow coaches in one of the most horrifying incidents in youth sports memory.

As reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, NBC Miami and other sources, volunteer Fort Lauderdale youth football coach Dave Williams was shot just before 9 p.m. Thursday, shortly after he brought post-practice snacks for his 7-and-younger players. Williams, a 43-year-old graduate of Florida State who owned a nearby car wash, was a respect coach in the Florida Youth Football League who was affectionately known as Coach Disco Dave.

“It’s shocking,” Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes coach Jamaal Gaines told the Sun-Sentinel. “You think you hear fireworks, but you see people grabbing their kids and running.”

The incident occurred at Mills Pond Park, where hundreds of adults were on the scene as various youth football teams practiced and competed in games. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Williams had just arrived at the scene, delivering Gatorade and cookies before he saw a group of adults approaching and told his players to scatter.

Those instructions were the last thing anyone heard Williams say, with the coach shot multiple times before his assaulters ran off immediately after the gunshots were fired. Williams was transported to Broward Health Medical Center via Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, but reportedly died en route to the hospital from the wounds he suffered in the incident.

“The coaches give way more than they receive,” Gaines told the Sun-Sentinel. “I know he loved what he was doing. … It’s a sad day. I feel so bad that it happened around what we were trying to do for the children in our city. We have people volunteering their time to keep kids safe, and others with mysterious ideas. It’s unbelievable.”

7 comments
Dbone
Dbone

Ok, now that we have everyones attention. Please mention the race of the Humans who killed this coach. Was it Anglos, was it Indians, was it Asians, was it, oh, i cannot be specific because, I'll be labelled a racist. I guess, I don't know who could have done something like this. 

GeorgeGagner
GeorgeGagner

How awfully sad.  This unfortunately is a direct product of urban black culture, a cancer upon America. Where are the protests? Where is the community effort to turn in these killers? Where Obama? Where Jesse? Where Sharpton? Where BLM???

VetTech520
VetTech520

@GeorgeGagner, Where in that article did anyone mention the race of the shooters? Or is that all in your tiny little teenie-weenied racist mind? I think the latter. 

AllColorsMatter
AllColorsMatter

Hes just speaking the truth.. not racist just a a fact. To many young black men being killed by young black men. Where are our black leaders.

Boobie187
Boobie187

Don't be stupid dawg.....how can you compare a murder to cancer....murder is not a sickness you moron.....you asking where is this person...where is that person....where are you....probably sitting in your mom's basement waiting for Trump to get elected so you can share the same racists views about subjects you have no idea about...so sit down and be quiet please for all the cancer patients