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Days after shooting Manatee Mustangs are back on the field

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For the first time since Thursday night's deadly shooting, the Manatee Mustangs were back on the practice field. Carl Hayes coaches the seven year old tiny mites, and gave his gang a pep talk before practice. "I'm very proud of you." Said Hayes. "And what we're going to do is push on, keep on. We're going to be resilient about how we run practice." Hayes says his job is now to make sure the kids realize their park is a safe place. "I got to restore their confidence level in me that when they're out here and their parents drop them off that they are in a safe place."

On Thursday night, right after practice, someone gunned down a player's father, 39-year old Brenton Coleman. The killer or killers remain on the loose. Police were on hand at Saturday's practice to insure everything went safely. Sgt. Brian Thiers is with the Bradenton Police Department. "We're here to show that we're partnering with the community." Said Thiers. "We work this park all the time. Our officers are constantly on patrol here. There are occasions when we work off duty security here. Today is more of a reassurance that we are here. "

Cherise Gibbs was at the field with her grandson. They were in her car when the bullets rang out. "I actually thought it wasn't real until I walked around the car and actually saw the body lying on the ground." Initially, she said her grandson did not want to come to the park. "He was kinda saying I don't want to go out there nanny because they got guns.." Said Gibbs. "And I had to talk to him and tell him there would be security out there. There will be police and they won't let anything to you."

Coach Hayes says he and others on the coaching staff feel now is the time they need to be there for the kids. "We now, as coaches need to be here more so than anything for these kids. Cause if we turn our back them now, they're all lost."

Bradenton Police say this is still a very active case and they're asking for anyone with any information on the identity of the shooter or shooters, to give the police department a call.

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