Community mourns loss of coach killed in Little League game

LANCASTER, Texas – People are mourning the loss of Little League coach Mike Hickman, who many call a pillar of the Lancaster community.

“They took a great, a great person who wanted to help the community and make us better as people,” friend and fellow coach Heath Mays said.

Friends and family identified Hickman as the man who was killed Saturday evening during a Little League football game in Lancaster.

“I know him, he’s a good guy,” Mays said. “Always happy, enthusiastic, good father, good husband, always stood up for what’s right. It’s so sad.”

Police are looking for the accused Yaqub Salik Talib, who is the brother of former NFL player Aqib Talib.

A fight broke out on the field after a disagreement between the coaching staff and the staff. That’s when Talib pulled out a gun and started firing, police said.

“It was overwhelming, I wasn’t expecting it,” Mays said. “I was so close I thought I was shot.”

It all happened in front of young children – some as young as 9 – who were playing and watching the game. “A lot of kids are burned out by it now,” another coach said.

“Half of them couldn’t sleep,” Mace said. “They’re crying, upset, don’t want to play football. I mean what can you expect from them, those kids?”

Hickman’s friends said he coached football for years and now they feel lost without him.

“He was well-liked in the community,” Hickmon’s friend Glen Ritchie said. “Everybody loved him and his son. Everybody saw him as a good father. We learned a lot from him.”

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