Red Bulls youth coach slashed to death in NYC
A 25-year-old youth soccer coach was fatally slashed in the neck
and torso and his ear cut off in one of New York City’s busiest
neighborhoods last weekend, and police Monday were hunting for the
Michael Jones, a native of Liverpool, England, was a coach with
the New York Red Bulls Youth Training Program. He lived in West
Harrison, in Westchester County.
He was on 14th Street in Manhattan’s Union Square at around 4:30
a.m. Sunday when he was seen arguing with a man. Jones had earlier
been out with his girlfriend but they parted around midnight,
police said. Police were called to the bloody scene where Jones lay
on the street. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was
pronounced dead at the scene.
Police late Sunday released surveillance footage of the
suspected slasher, a man with a ponytail wearing a dark jacket. No
arrests have been made.
The New York Red Bulls issued a statement, calling Jones a
”fantastic coach who loved soccer.”
”This is truly a sad day for our soccer community and we will
do our utmost to help authorities in their investigation of this
case. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family at this
time,” the team said.
The New York Red Bulls are a Major League Soccer team.