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FAMU's head football coach Willie Simmons speaks out following weekend shootings

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 18:33:43-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Two shootings left two people dead over the span of 24 hours this weekend.

The first shooting happened early Sunday morning. Police say it happened near East Paul Russel Road.

One teenager died and another is in critical condition. The shooting is still under investigation.

The second shooting happened Sunday night in Quincy.

According to the Quincy Police Department, the shooting happened Sunday night on the corner of Williams Street and Smith Street.

One person is dead and another is in serious condition. Police are still looking for that suspect.

The shootings are sparking conversation in the community.

Florida A&M University's head football coach Willie Simmons says that the violence must stop. He spoke out Monday in hopes to spark change within the community.

The football coach knows that Tallahassee can be an amazing place to live and hopes to see it live up to its full potential.

"Tallahassee is a great city and we don't want something like senseless gun violence to tarnish what is going on in this great city of ours so it's definitely something that hits near and dear to many of us because were such big parts in this community so we definitely want to make sure we begin the process of making significant changes," said Simmons.

The football coach lost his best friend to gun violence and hopes that no one else has to go through what he went through.