[JONES MURDER] A man suspected of murdering New York Red Bulls youth coach Michael Jones reportedly fled to Mexico,
getting on board a 1:14 a.m. Aero Mexico flight from Kennedy International Airport to Mexico City Tuesday before his name was placed on a no-fly list that afternoon.
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press under condition of anonymity that Orlando Orea, also known as Orlando Gutierrez or Orlando Estevas, bought a one-way ticket with cash moments before the flight was scheduled to leave from JFK.
Jones was brutally murdered at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday after the two men were seen together on 14th Street in Union Square.
“The attack was done deftly, with brutal efficiency,” a police source told the Daily News. “He begins with the ear, then across the throat, deeply, continuing into the abdomen and the upper leg, hitting vital organs. It’s somebody who knows how to use a knife very efficiently.”
Orea was identified as having been in an earlier fight at a nearby bar that may have involved a woman and apparently seen by witnesses with a knife in the bar. Police believe it may have been a case of mistaken identity. Jones was in the neighborhood and returning to a friend of his girlfriend's to pick up his keys so they could return to New Jersey.
A memorial service for the English-born Jones drew hundreds of mourners on Wednesday in White Plains, N.J.
Youth coaches wearing Red Bulls jerseys with the name “Jonesy” on the back attended the funeral. Jones came from Liverpool in 2008 and worked as a coach in the Red Bulls youth outreach program -- not its academy program.
Jones was coaching and training teams in Eastchester Youth Soccer, Yonkers United and the Castleford Rovers Soccer Club in Armonk/Bedford.
"He was truly dedicated teacher of the game and was an inspiring influence on our players and the many adult volunteers who worked with him," said Westchester Youth Soccer League in a statement. "It is a great loss for our league and he will be profoundly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family and friends here and in Liverpool, England."