Family reacts after beloved coach's murder
GONZALES - The family of a football coach slain in Baton Rouge over the weekend wants his killer to come forward.
"Search your heart and know the act that you did tore the whole community's heart," said Elizabeth Joseph, the victim's mother. "We are bleeding inside. We're lost. We have lost someone we loved so dearly."
Juan Joseph was shot and killed outside of a club on Bennington Avenue over the weekend. Joseph was a football coach at West Saint John High School, which recently made it to the playoffs under his leadership.
"As a head coach, sometimes you have to be the bad cop," Head Coach Robert Valdez said. "He was the good cop. He was the one who always picked up the pieces and made people feel comfortable."
Today, grief counselors were on hand at the school talking to kids affected by the death.
"He was a teacher for a few years," Assistant Principal Genevieve Gomez said. "Also one of the coaches from the community, everybody knows him and was always inspiring kids to do their best."
As the community deals with his loss, people at the school know Joseph would want them to win the game for him. It's why they are dedicating it in his honor Friday.
Baton Rouge Police have not released any information on suspects or motives in the killing.