Retired Cody High School coach fatally shot outside his home - My29 WFTC Minneapolis-St. Paul

Retired Cody High School coach fatally shot outside his home

Posted: Updated:
Coach Charles Knott worked at Cody High School for more than 20 years. Coach Charles Knott worked at Cody High School for more than 20 years.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A high school community is in shock after a popular coach was gunned down in cold blood.  Students and staff at Cody High said Coach Charles Knott was dedicated to helping young people succeed.  So why would anyone want to kill him?

"Basically everything I know, I learned from Coach Knott," said Shatona Clark.

"He just gave that automatic love for the kids," said Calvin Norman, Cody High School's football coach.

When you find someone who has a true passion, a calling to help young people reach their potential, you never want to let them go.  That is how so many people feel about 54-year-old Charles Knott.

"A father, he was a coach, role model," Clark said.

"The girls really walked around school with a lot of pride.  That's something that I didn't see before until he came along," Norman said.

Knott was the girl's basketball coach at Cody and called the school his second home for more than 20 years.

"The tone was real intense.  The kids [were] very emotional today," Norman said.

Late Tuesday night, we're told Coach Knott was parked outside his apartment complex on the city's west side when he was approached by someone in a Jeep who pointed a gun at him and then pulled the trigger.

"He was gunned down, shot multiple times to death, left there to die," Clark said.

Friends said Knott had also been robbed.

"They say time heals all wounds.  At this point, I don't even know how because I don't even know how I can move on because it's so devastating," Clark said.  "He was like a dad to me."

His compassion extended well beyond his players.

"Players' families and players' neighbors and neighborhoods and everything," Clark said.

"A real quiet, smooth, subdued guy.  Even when he spoke, he spoke in a calm, humble-type voice.  I never really [saw] him get upset.  He had integrity," Norman said.  "He was a great guy, and I miss him already."

Grief counselors were on hand for anyone who needed to talk.  Coach Knott had recently retired, and everyone knew things would never be the same, but they did know they would see him around again helping people like he always did.  It's sad to know now that won't be the case.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:39:04 GMT
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
  • DPD's 6th precinct struck by bullets in drive-by shooting

    DPD's 6th precinct struck by bullets in drive-by shooting

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:06:31 GMT
    Detroit police say bullets struck the 6th Precinct building during a drive-by shooting. This was the same precinct where four officers were shot back in 2011.
    Detroit police say bullets struck the 6th Precinct building during a drive-by shooting. This was the same precinct where four officers were shot back in 2011.
  • City turns down Vinsetta Garage's new parking proposal

    City turns down Vinsetta Garage's new parking proposal

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:31:49 GMT
    Vinsetta Garage, a popular restaurant in Berkley, proposed to tear down several homes and build a parking lot to solve the parking issue in the neighborhood, but the proposal was turned down Monday at city hall.
    Vinsetta Garage, a popular restaurant in Berkley, proposed to tear down several homes and build a parking lot to solve the parking issue in the neighborhood, but the proposal was turned down Monday at city hall.
Powered by WorldNow

WFTC-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices