deerfield beach, florida – Families, friends, teammates and entire communities are heartbroken after a teenage athlete Remains in critical condition after being shot At Deerfield Beach on Wednesday.
As such, city leaders are doing more to prevent this from happening again.
Deerfield Beach Mayor Benjamin Preston told Local 10 News the community was devastated after learning that 16-year-old Ricky Ferguson was shot in a city park and is now fighting for his life. .
“It’s really heartbreaking and it’s haunting the community and haunting us all,” Preston said.
The shooting occurred around 5pm at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex at 445 SW 2nd St.
The park where children played was swarmed by Sheriff Broward’s deputies and undercover agents.
With family, friends and teammates still searching for answers, Preston suggested there is help for those grief-stricken.
“Various organizations have been set up to help professionals address this and to allow people to come as groups, one-on-one, and discuss how they feel about this. “
Ferguson’s high school football coach, Tramaine Hall, described the youngster as an outstanding talent. It’s the player you’re having trouble finding.
“He was coming,” Hall said. “He was our first safe–he was going to be a Power 5 student-athlete.”
Preston hopes that by bringing the Deerfield Beach community together, they will have more opportunities to live out their youth and prevent further tragedy.
“It’s important to take the guns out of these kids’ hands and put them back in their hands, with books and programs that might be able to help them keep busy during the holidays,” he said.
City officials confirmed Thursday that Ferguson is a Deerfield Beach High School football player.
Hall was devastated to learn one of his players was shot Wednesday and is now fighting for his life.
“Everyone is praying for him, but it’s a bad situation,” Hall said. “When I heard this, I was torn because I witnessed the effort Ricky put into continuing his success.”
In the wake of the shootings, the City of Deerfield Beach is offering community support.
Authorities have yet to provide information on possible suspects.
Investigation is ongoing.
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