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British coach with New York Red Bulls stabbed and killed

updated 9:46 AM EDT, Tue October 9, 2012
Roses are left next to where the body of Michael Jones, a New York Red Bulls soccer coach, was found early Sunday morning .
Roses are left next to where the body of Michael Jones, a New York Red Bulls soccer coach, was found early Sunday morning .
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New York Red Bulls youth coach Mike Jones stabbed to death in the city
  • The Briton, from Liverpool, was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning
  • Police say Jones was stabbed in neck and torso and one of his ears had been cut off
  • Red Bulls say Jones was a tremendous individual and a fantastic coach

(CNN) -- A British coach working with the New York Red Bulls has been stabbed to death, the Major League Soccer club has confirmed.

Michael Jones, originally from Tarleton in Lancashire, was found dead in a Manhattan street in the early hours of Sunday morning after being stabbed in the neck and torso.

His attacker had also cut his left ear off. Jones, who had been out with his sister and girlfriend, was taken to New York's Bellevue Hospital where he was declared dead.

Michael Jones
Michael Jones

Witnesses told the New York Police Department Jones had been arguing with a man, AFP reported. They said the authorities had now released surveillance footage of his suspected attacker.

Jones had moved to the United States five years ago to become a soccer coach. In a statement on their website, the Red Bulls paid tribute to the 25-year-old.

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

"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."

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