Youth Soccer Coach Slashed To Death

NEW YORK (October 8, 2012)—Police in New York City were searching Monday for a suspect in the killing of a New York Red Bulls youth soccer instructor who was slashed in the neck and torso and had his ear cut off.

Michael Jones, 25, was killed near Union Square at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Originally from Liverpool, England, Jones was a coach with the Red Bulls Youth Training Program.

He lived in West Harrison.

Police say Jones was arguing with someone just before he was attacked, but it's not clear if he knew the other person.

Authorities are searching for a man with a ponytail.

No one has been arrested.

Earlier in the evening, Jones was out with his girlfriend.

They parted at around 11:30 p.m.

In a statement, the Red Bulls called Jones a "fantastic coach who loved soccer."

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