Ohio cheerleading coach gunned down at age 31

Ohio cheerleading coach gunned down at age 31

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Ohio cheerleading coach gunned down at age 31

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A prominent cheerleading coach in Ohio was shot and killed in southeast Columbus on Saturday.

Gerald Bishop II, 31, who spent more than a decade with the Midwest Magic All-Stars program, was found dead when police and medical personnel responded to reports of a shooting.

According to NBC4, witnesses identified the shooter who fled on foot and was captured him shortly thereafter. Dalon Smoot, 21, has been charged with the murder, police said.

As of Saturday night, there had been five shootings in Columbus this weekend.

In a post on Facebook, the Magic program said:

“Gerald … was a major factor in the success of the gym, but more importantly he had a tremendous impact on all the team members he coached through the years. His dedication to Magic was only matched by his dedication to seeing “his kids” challenge themselves and overcome any fears or doubts they may have had to achieve their goals. The lessons he taught not only helped improve the athlete’s skills but also gave them confidence and the attitude that anything is possible and that is where his legacy will live on.

“Personally, Gerald was not only a coach but he was truly a great friend and we are devastated. There are no words.”

Condolences poured in on social media from other cheerleading groups and athletes:

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