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Mike Jones: New York Red Bulls tribute to killed coach

New York Red Bulls players take part in a tribute to murdered coach Mike Jones
New York players, including captain Thierry Henry, paid tribute to Mr Jones

Players and fans of US football club New York Red Bulls have paid tribute to murdered British coach Mike Jones.

Mr Jones, 25, originally from Tarleton, Lancashire, was stabbed to death in the street in Manhattan on 7 October.

There was a minute's applause before the club's home game with Sporting Kansas City.

Players wore black armbands and Jones' number six on their shorts. Photos of him were shown on screens.

Mr Jones had been a youth coach at the club for the past five years and was involved in helping several junior teams.

About 25,000 people attended the game and fans were invited to sign a memorial book on the way into the club's Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Appeal fund

Stacey Reinhardt, whose son was coached by Mr Jones, has set up a memorial fund.

Mike Jones was stabbed in the street

The Mike Jones Memorial Fund aims to help his family offset his funeral costs and to "carry on his legacy".

Last weekend Tarleton Corinthians, the club he played for before going to the US, held a minute's silence and released 25 balloons before their match.

New York Police Department (NYPD) said Mr Jones was found on a street near 25 West 14th Street in the early hours of 7 October with a severed ear and stab wounds to his head and neck.

Police are searching for suspect Orlando Orea, 32, in Mexico, where he fled two days after the killing.

One line of inquiry is that the football coach was mistaken for someone the suspect had an argument with in a nearby bar.

Mr Jones was a former pupil of Tarleton High School, studied sports science at Edge Hill University and also played for Hesketh Bank FC.

The New York Red Bulls are one of the leading teams in US Major League Soccer (MLS).

Current players include former English Premier League stars Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill.

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