UK coach murder suspect 'flees'

The man accused of murdering a 25-year-old British football coach on a street in New York has reportedly fled to Mexico.

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Red Bulls pay tribute to 'fantastic' British coach

We are aware of this tragedy and on behalf of the entire organisation, want to send our most heartfelt condolences to Michael's family, friends and loved ones.

He was a tremendous individual, a fantastic coach who loved soccer and a terrific friend for many of us.

This is truly a sad day for our soccer community and we will do our utmost to help authorities in their investigation of this case.Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's family at this time.

– New York Red Bulls spokesman

Report: New York police say murdered Lancashire coach 'knew killer'

Mike Jones, the Lancashire football coach who was stabbed to death in New York yesterday, is presumed to know his killer, according to New York police officials.

Releasing CCTV footage of a suspect in the 25-year-old's death, police said Mr Jones was captured on video walking with the person presumed to be his killer, suggesting that the attack was not random, according to The New York Times.

Mr Jones had been out with his girlfriend and a friend of hers until around 11.30pm, police said.

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Lancashire football coach murdered in New York

Mike Jones, from Tarleton, Lancashire, was stabbed to death in New York in the early hours of Sunday. Credit: New York Red Bulls

A 25-year-old football coach from Tarleton, Lancashire, was stabbed to death in New York yesterday.

Mike Jones, coach for New York Red Bulls' juniors, was found in the early hours of the morning with a severed ear and stab wounds to his torso and neck, near 25 West 14th Street, police said.

Mr Jones, who studied at Edge Hill University, Southport, was declared dead on arrival at Bellevue Hospital, New York.

John Parkinson, treasurer of Tarleton Corinthians who Mr Jones used to play for, said: "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."

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