Norzell Aldridge (pictured), 36, was killed after trying to break up a fight
A New York youth football coach was killed while trying to break up a fight that broke out after his game had ended.
Norzell Aldridge, 36, was killed on Saturday in Buffalo where he had just finished coaching the season opening game for his peewee team.
WIVB 4 reports that Aldridge noticed a fight occurring around 7pm near Emerson Park and stepped into to ‘protect young people’.
Aldridge was shot in the chest and an unidentified 20-year-old was also shot.
The coach was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Authorities were reportedly at the scene when Aldridge was shot, but were unable to get to him in time to save his life.
Aldridge, a youth football coach, had just finished coaching the season opener for his team when he saw a fight happening near Emerson Park
Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo told WIVB 4, ‘Buffalo Police has a detail set up at those football games, and our detail was there and at the event when this occurred.’
‘Our officers did hear the shots when they were fired. They did run in the direction of the shots, but in the ensuing chaos they were unable to locate a suspect at that time.’
Officials and members of the community have spoken out since Aldridge’s death, praising his morals and ability to be a role model.
While attempting to diffuse the situation, Aldridge was fatally shot in the chest and taken to a local hospital where he later died
The incident occurred around 7pm in Buffalo, New York, and police officers were on the scene when it happened
Parents who knew Coach Aldridge are reportedly working to get counselors for the children on his team
‘Some of the leagues got together right away and said, we need to make sure people know this was a stand up guy who was really helping our young people,’ Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen told WIVB 4.
Pridgen said: ‘He was one that a lot of parents would really depend on, especially single moms, to really help with their boys,’
WIVB 4 reports that parents are currently working to set the young boys up with counselors.
‘He had dedicated this portion of his life to young people,’ Pridgen told WKBW.
Pridgen: ‘some of the leagues got together right away and said, we need to make sure people know this was a stand up guy who was really helping our young people’
Family and friends of Aldridge have spoken out after his sudden death, praising his character and spirit
Family and friends have taken to social media to share their heartbreak over Aldridge’s sudden death.
One man said he had seen Aldridge recently and he would be greatly missed.
A woman who appears to have known the victim said: ‘[Aldridge] was brave, compassionate, fearless, responsible, authentic, understanding, persistent, genuine, fair, kindhearted, respected…he is DEEPLY LOVED and TRULY MISSED.’
Authorities ask that anyone with information please contact the Buffalo Police Department
Buffalo Police homicide detectives were back in the neighborhood Monday interviewing potential witnesses, reports WKBW.
No arrests have been made yet and the identity of the shooter has not be discovered.
Authorities ask that anyone with information to contact the Buffalo Police Department.