GLENARDEN, Md. - Detectives are looking for suspects after a youth football coach from Prince George’s County was murdered in Southeast D.C. Monday.
Friends said 47-year-old Andre Young was a father of five who volunteered for years as a coach with the Boys and Girls Club in Glenarden.
“When I found out what happened, it was like a piece of me just ripping apart because he was like a father to me,” said Breezhon Stell, one of Young’s former players. “He was just that kind of guy that always cared, always checked up on you. He was amazing.”
Young was shot just before 6 p.m. Monday on 19th Street near P Street. Another man was also shot, but survived. The police report gives no information about what led up to the violence.
A source told FOX 5 that investigators are looking into information that Young was trying to help with a domestic situation at a home.
Young’s fellow coaches in Glenarden are planning a vigil and thinking about how to continue Young’s legacy for the kids he cared about so much.
“The club is not going to be the same,” said Johnyce Spriggs, a cheerleading coach. “We lost a brother. This is family to us.”
“We suspended the practices until Monday while everybody tries to wrap our heads around what’s going on,” said football coach Rah Walker.
Friends said in addition to volunteering for the Glenarden football program, Young was a sound engineer for go-go bands and other music acts.
Dean West, a close friend, said he couldn’t believe it when he got the news that Young was gone.
“I dropped my phone and it just took over for that moment, the emotions took over,” said West.
He said he hasn’t heard anything about what happened. He only knows the kind of guy Young was.
“If he saw someone who needed help, he would step in to help,” West said.
Young was one of two men killed in the District on Monday in separate shootings. There have now been 94 homicide this year in D.C., a 40 percent increase over last year.
There is a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.