Vigil Held For Mallard Creek Volunteer Football Coach Found Murdered


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Monday night, the community came together to remember a beloved high school football coach murdered late Friday night.

Ralph Hammond was a volunteer coach at Mallard Creek High School.

Someone shot and killed Hammond Friday night at his home on Deaton Hill Drive.

Those close to Hammond cried as balloons were released at midfield.

“He was just overall a good person. And he cared for those kids. And I’m sure they cared for him,” says Hammond’s neighbor.


Police have identified Ralph Hammond, 56, as the man killed in a late-night shooting on September 23rd.

He was a well-known mentor and coach to Mallard Creek High School students.

A prayer vigil and balloon release will be held in his honor on Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Mallard Creek High School.

Coach Ralph Vigil


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are investigating a homicide in north-east Charlotte after a man was found shot.

Shortly before 10 p.m. on Friday, police were called to the 12000 block of Deaton Hill Drive.

Police found a man with multiple gunshot wounds who was later pronounced dead by EMS on scene.

This is an active investigation and anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a homicide detective. Information can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or at