Belolved Cody High School basketball Charles Knott was shot and killed when he arrived home Tuesday night.

Knott, a coach of more than 20 years, parked his car and before he could exit the drivers-side door a black Jeep Cherokee blocked him in and the hooter fired a volley of shots into Knotts’ vehicle.

“I heard about eight or 9 shots. I was laying down,” said neighbor Tarina Fikes.



Hours later, an entire community would learn that Knott, a longtime Cody High School girls basketball coach, was gone.

“I don’t understand. I’m speechless. I don’t know who would do that,” said Fikes.
Cody high school students were shocked by the tragedy and were reported to be in deep mourning since Knotts’ murder.

“I just can’t believe this would happen to him,” said Kimberly Deloch, a parent at the high school. “He has so much inspiration for the kids and everything, it’s sad. It’s a sad day today.”

“He was fun to hang around. He was really kind, everyone loved him,” said student Asia Alvin.

A candlelight vigil will be held for Coach Knott in the coming days.

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