SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A large group of friends and family gathered in Sanford Thursday evening to honor the memory of a football coach from Seminole County
Ron Moore was killed early Sunday morning in what deputies called a drug-related shooting in east Orange County.
Moore, 37, was a big man with a big presence and big personality.
Friends told Channel 9's Angela Jacobs that they expected the event to honor Moore would draw a big crowd.
"I knew there was going to be a big number. Everybody loved him, and he loved everybody back," Seminole High School football player Tyler Montgomery said.
"Everybody loved him. (He was a) very, very good man. We're going to miss him," friend Samiah Dixon said.
Roger Dixon coached with Moore for more than a decade and told Jacobs that the impact Moore had as an assistant coach at Seminole High School and with the Sanford Seminoles Pop Warner program can't be measured.
"He really touched the kids in a positive way, the young ones to the old," Roger Dixon said. "Look at all the people out here and all the kids out here. I mean, he touched so many families in a positive way."
Austin Presti is an eighth-grade student who played Pop Warner football.
"This is probably the hardest thing I've had to take this year," a tearful Presti said.
"He took everyone under his wing. He had faith in everyone. There's no one he, like, put down. He always brought everyone up," said Danny Winslow, who played football under Moore.
Those closest to Moore told Jacobs they can't reconcile what deputies say were drug-related circumstances around his death with the man they knew.
What they said can't be disputed is the huge hole he left
"He deserved the recognition. His family deserved it
, for our community to come together and show how much we did care for him and loved him," friend Jerry Dillard said.
The man believed to have shot Moore was also shot and killed in the incident. A third man was injured.