Brother of Aqib Talib named as suspect in shooting of youth football coach Lancaster

A row over a youth football game in Lancaster turned into a deadly shooting on Saturday.

The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. in Lancaster Community Park, said Scott Finley, a spokesman for the city. Finley identified the suspected gunman as Yaqub Salik Talib, the brother of former NFL cornerback Aqib Talib.

Police are still looking for Yaqub Talib.

Multiple people on social media identified the victim as Mike Hickmon. The Dallas County medical examiner’s office confirmed that Michael Hickmon, 43, died Saturday night at a hospital. A cause of death has not been determined, according to the investigation agency.

In a video of the incident shared on social media, a man wearing a shirt that reads “North Dallas United” is seen arguing with a referee. A few feet away, the video shows what appears to be a battle starting, and several gunshots are heard shortly after.

In a statement to TMZ, Aqib Talib’s lawyer said the former NFLer was present during the shooting and is “extremely distraught and devastated at this appalling loss of life.”

“He would like to extend his condolences to the victim’s family and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy,” the statement said.

Tevar Watson, owner of North Dallas United Bobcats, said he was aware of the shooting and confirmed the incident was related to an exhibition game in which his team participated.

He said he did not know any details about the incident because he was cleaning up in another field.

“We don’t condone any of that. There’s no place for something like that to happen in youth sports — in any sport,” Watson said.

Watson said he wants to provide assistance to all children who witnessed or were close to the shooting.

Aqib Talib attended Berkner High School in Richardson before attending the University of Kansas. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 20th pick in the 2008 NFL draft and also played stints for the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, where he was part of a Super Bowl-winning team . He retired from football in 2020.

In a 2007 Topeka Capital Journal profile, Aqib Talib said he grew up close to his older brother Yaqub.

“My parents, they worked a lot and stuff, so my big brother was always kind of the one in the house, telling me what to do,” Aqib Talib said. “He kept me out of a lot of trouble and kept my head straight.”

Anyone with information on Yaqub Talib’s whereabouts should call Detective Senad Deranjic at 972-218-2756.

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