The brother of former NFL cornerback and broadcaster Aqib Talib turned himself into authorities on Monday in connection with a fatal shooting at a youth football game.
The circumstances surrounding that shooting are just completely heartbreaking when you think about what the children went through witnessing adults losing control and thhen having gun violence erupt on the field.
The Lancaster Police Department announced on Sunday that Yaqub Salik Talib was wanted as a suspect in the shooting that took place after a reported disagreement between between a coaching staff and an officiating crew at a youth football field at Lancaster Community Park on Saturday.
“Upon arrival, officers were notified of a disagreement among coaching staff and the officiating crew,” the LPD release reads. “During the disagreement, the coaching staff were involved in a physical alteration and one of the individuals involved in the altercation discharged a firearm striking one adult male. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he was later pronounced dead.”
The story turns completely tragic when you realize that the shooting death of Mike Hickmon was viewed by his 9-year-old son.
According to witnesses, via WFAA:
“Watson said roughly 80 kids were in the area when it happened.
“I held my son after that for 20 minutes of him just crying because no kid should have to see that,” he said.
Freeman said the argument started when Hickmon went to pick up a football and someone kicked it away. That led to the fighting and eventually the shooting.
Hickmon, 43, had been an offensive coordinator on the team for two years and made a name for himself playing at Maceo Smith High School and then the University of North Texas. His son was one of the 9-year-olds on the field at the time of the shooting.
“I held his son, Little Mike Jr, and I held him like my son, and it was very, very, very hard to hold him and console him because again – just letting him know that we’ll be there for him,” Freeman said.”
Yaqub Talib then turned himself in voluntarily at the Dallas County Jail on Monday.
Per TMZ, Aqib Talib’s attorney confirmed in a statement that Aqib was present at the scene of the shooting. Aqib was not named in the police report.
The 36-year-old played 12 standout seasons as an NFL cornerback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, and Los Angeles Rams. He made five Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams and won a Super Bowl with the Broncos.