Xtreme Football coach reflects on former U of L player's life

Former U of L football player remembered by Xtreme general manager

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville Metro Homicide Detectives are investigating four murders over a 6-hour time frame from late Thursday night into Good Friday.

Family and friends say the first homicide investigation during that time where a body was found in a car in south Louisville has been identified as 33-year-old Abe Brown. The car was found on Wilmoth Avenue.

Brown played for the University of Louisville from 2004 to 2006. After taking some time off, Brown was a part of launching the KY Xtreme Indoor Football team and helped win the team's only national championship back in 2012.

“It’s senseless and just too soon for such a great person like Abe. Very upbeat, always had that can-do attitude and wanting to do something big,” Victor Cole, General Manager of the Kentucky Xtreme Football Team said.

Cole shared pictures with WHAS11 News of Brown’s time on the KY Xtreme Team.

U of L Head Coach Bobby Petrino has been informed about the homicide adding, “It’s an awful… awful thing for the Cardinal family.”

Cole recalls, “He's all about the kids, he’d even sacrifice his own career to do something that is going to make a better future for the youth in our community.”

The violence as many say knows no bounds and KY Xtreme can speak to that.

Cole says some of his players were at Shawnee Park when the Juice Bowl youth football games had to stop due to multiple shootings on Thanksgiving Day last year.

“An incident took place and had a lot of my players down there at that event that witnessed that take place right in front of them. Some of them came to the aid of one of the gentlemen that was killed right there.”

Cole joins a resounding number of voices calling for the violence to end.

“People are resorting to taking someone's life – for nothing.”

This is the second loss for the team which has halted operations for now. Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Byrd died unexpectedly back in May of 2015 after collapsing during a pick-up basketball game.

 Another farewell and another homicide investigation for police, this comes as Brown was launching his own business, called The Family First Sports Academy, that vision and many others have now been cut short.

No arrests have been made in this case, call 574-LMPD with any information.

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