Updated 10/11/2012 12:21 AM
Slain Soccer Coach Remembered As Search For Killer Expands To Mexico
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The search for the killer of a popular youth soccer coach has now shifted to Mexico as family and friends gathered Wednesday for a memorial service.
Dozens of mourners filled the morning service for 25-year-old Michael Jones at the First Baptist Church in White Plains, N.Y.
Jones lived in Westchester County and was a coach with the New York Red Bulls Youth Training Program. Some who attended the service wore a special #6 Red Bulls jersey bearing Jones' name.
"When you come out to America from England and you fall in love with the States and what you do here and you could be part of the growth of soccer in this country, you want to start your life out here," said Stuart Thomas, Jones' former co-worker.
"Mike called my son his protege and the guys at RTS knew him as 'Jonesy's boy' and you know he had had high hopes for him. And one day I hope to tell the world that my son was discovered by the great Mike Jones," said one soccer parent.
"I just think he'll always be there, with us," said one soccer student.
Jones was found dead early Sunday morning on West 14th Street after suffering multiple stab wounds.
Sources say investigators believe the man who attacked Jones hopped a flight to Mexico City Tuesday morning.
Police believe Orlando Orea, 32, of Queens bought a one-way ticket just hours before police identified and put him on a no-fly list.
Investigators say Orea was involved in a fight over a woman at a bar Sunday morning and may have stabbed Jones in a case of mistaken identity.
Jones' body will now be flown back to his native England for burial.
Crowds attending the Red Bulls' last regular season home game on October 20 in Harrison, N.J. will be asked to observe a moment of silence for the young coach.