KCK grad, current NBA coach Earl Watson shares heartfelt message following death of KCK police captain

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas City, Kan., graduate and current NBA coach Earl Watson shared a powerful message on Tuesday regarding the recent shooting death of KCK police captain Dave Melton.

Captain Melton was shot and killed near 22nd and Haskell while searching for suspect involved in an armed disturbance from 2nd and Edgerton on Tuesday afternoon.

Captain Robert “Dave” Melton

Captain Robert “Dave” Melton

A screenshot of Watson’s message was shared by ESPN reporter Marc J. Spears on Twitter said:

Saddened today to read about my city of KCK.

Saddened that today an officer’s life was taken from gun violence.

Saddened that I constantly read about the gun violence in KCK.

Disappointed that my friend’s & family who are police officers are now looked upon as “them”.

Disappointed that it’s a social divide.

Whoever said violence is the way, lied.

And if I’m not “cool” for posting this, then I do not care to be COOL at all. I’m not looking for votes.

I’m me. Won’t change to be cool. I actually dislike “cool”!

It’s time to realize that ALL SOULS MATTER!

All!

Prayers to the family…

#RIPCaptainMelton

Watson graduated from Washington High School and  is currently the head coach of the Phoenix Suns basketball team.

Yahoo Sports previously reported that his brother Dwayne Hooks, who was a retired police officer, was shot in 2014 and died just days later due to his injuries.

Captain Melton leaves behind three children – two daughters and son, and is expecting another child in the winter. His friends have started a Go Fund Me page to help raise money for them.

Click here to donate to the family of Captain Melton