DALLAS – A North Texas youth football coach who was shot and killed earlier this month will be put to rest on Saturday.
Mike Hickmon was killed during a brawl at a youth football game in Lancaster on 14 August. Police named Yakub Talib, brother of former NFL cornerback Aaqib Talib, as a suspect on Sunday. August 15. Yakub Talib turned himself in to the police the following Monday.
Hickmon’s family has also demanded the arrest of Aaqib Talib since the shooting. Video obtained by the WFAA shows the brawl that led to the shooting, and witnesses told the WFAA that Aaqib Talib started the fight.
The WFAA has learned that the video has been handed over to the police and more witnesses are being interviewed. Aaqib Talib’s lawyer told WFAA last week that he was upset by the shooting and offered condolences to the family. On Sunday, August 21, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport told Aqib Talib was walking away from his gig with Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” broadcast. According to Rapoport, Talib said he was moving away “to spend time with family”.
Community advocates and Hickmon’s family and friends say his life will not be wasted and they will demand justice, but also changes that will make it safer for children who just want to play ball.