JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Jacksonville Beach Police are investigating a homicide that took the life of a 23-year-old man.
Police said the shooting happened near the SeaWalk Pavilion around 1 a.m. on July 5. One man, identified by police as 23-year-old Glen McNeil Jr, died and another man had minor injuries.
Sandalwood High School head football coach Adam Geis said McNeil graduated in 2012 and was captain of the team his senior year.
Geis said McNeil was one of his favorite players he’d ever coached and described him as nonconfrontational, always smiling and always laughing.
“[Of] Everybody I know he’d be the last person I’d ever say would ever get shot. I mean everyone likes Glen,” Geis said.
Geis said he saw McNeil at the beach about once a week. He last saw McNeil about a week ago.
“Was telling me he’s got a new job, making good money, bought a brand new truck, [we] hung out for about 30 minutes, he brought a couple other friends down there,” Geis said. “Like I said hadn’t seen him since, I figured I’d see him probably this week or next, and that’s not gonna happen.”
McNeil is the second former Sandalwood High School football player to be killed this year. Jacari Graham, 21, was shot and killed back in March.
Geis said he regularly tells his student-athletes to stay home, out of trouble.
“We’re in a different era,” he said. “There’s no more ‘hey let’s meet behind the gym and duke it out’ and then we’re friends a day later. Those days are kind of over. Just people shoot and we tell our kids stay home. There is no fight, walk away, because they come back and get you. It’s sad, but you’ve really gotta be overly cautious.”
In a press conference Wednesday morning, police said they have interviewed some witnesses, but want to hear from anyone who has information. The area had many people and a heavy police presence at the time, police say, so any information may be helpful.
No arrests have been made and there is no suspect information at this time. Police are working to recover city or private cameras that may have footage of the incident. .
If you have any information, please call 904-270-1675.