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Time machine: Coach Stacy made a lasting impression

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 3:12pm

After digging through our archives, KETK has found an old report on Stacy Dewayne Hunter, a man many kids looked up to in Jacksonville.

We want to share this video with our viewers to show just how strong Hunter impacted his community in a positive form. This story was broadcast in April of 2004.

Stacy Hunter was the head coach for the Little Dribblers 10-12 division in Jacksonville. For Coach Hunter, it wasn't all about teaching kids the game of basketball, but rather the game of life.

Hunter told KETK, "It's very important for me to be a father figure for these kids out here because I didn't have a father figure in my life when I was coming up. That way I can easily give back to these kids out here and show them what I went through."

Parents told us the "kids, a lot of them, don't have a father figure around, including [their own] and they really look up to Coach Stacy. They love him. He takes up a lot of time with those kids and he doesn't’t have a kid on the team. So, it really means a lot."

He was also a well-known and well-liked Pop Warner coach in Jacksonville. His personal Facebook page says he has also worked for the city.

Hunter owned a club on Highway 69 called Stacy's. And it's there that family and friends say he was allegedly shot and killed early Saturday morning.

Those who knew Hunter gathered in his neighborhood to remember him. Some had heard he was caught in the crossfire while trying to stop a fight over money, but his cousin Antonio Holman believes the shooting was no accident.

"Stacy looked at him and told him in a joking matter that he would have to kill me in order to get this money, but this is what happens when, you know, we don't raise our kids. We stop raising our kids and we think it's funny to be in the streets fighting and acting foolish," Holman said.

"Just one of those people that you could go to him and ask him for the shirt off of his back and he would give you the shirt off of his back with no problem," Holman said.

Holman says the alleged gunman, Jimmy Deshawn Mosley, 24, ended up taking money from his cousin and shooting him three times. His bond is set at $250,000.

In the meantime, Coach Stacy's lasting impression on Jacksonville is evident.

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