"We are trying to come to terms with it. He was a genuine lad, no trouble. He was not a lad who would look for trouble or anything like that. He is not the sort of lad that would be up to no good...it's a big shock to us. We are stunned."
A minute's silence will be held today for the Lancashire football coach stabbed to death in New York.
American news programmes have reported on the tributes paid to Mike Jones, the Tarleton-born coach stabbed to death in New York.
A man suspected of murdering a Lancashire football coach in New York has fled to Mexico, according to reports.