Yaqub Talib, 39, is suspected of shooting Mike Hickmon dead after an age 9 and under kids’ game Saturday evening. Talib’s younger brother, former NFL star defensive back Aqib Talib, was reportedly at the game and witnessed the shooting, which was also caught on grim cellphone video.
The suspect “regrets the tragic loss of life but self-surrendered this morning so that he may have the chance to say his side of the story,” his attorney, Clark Birdsall, told The Associated Press.
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WFAA reported that the Talib brothers are coaches for the North Dallas United Bobcats, a youth football team. Hickmon coached the Dragon Elite Academy team, and his 9-year-old son is believed to have watched his father’s murder at the Lancaster Community Park in Dallas County.
“I don’t know how to explain it to the kids,” said Dragons President Mike Freeman. “That’s the part that I’m stuck on right now. How do I explain it to them? Why? This is something that these kids will remember for the rest of their life.”
The game was called after supporters of the losing team threatened a referee. Cellphone video showed a man believed to be Talib confronting Hickmon as a melee breaks out on the field. At least five shots can be heard and then Hickmon is seen lying on the grass.
Aqib Talib, 36, a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback over a 12-year career that included stints with Tampa Bay, New England, Denver, and the Los Angeles Raiders, confirmed through his lawyer that he was at the youth game.
“Aqib was present when this unfortunate incident occurred and is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life,” his lawyer told TMZ. “He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.”
Aqib Talib, who retired in 2020, is a commentator for Fox Sports.
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