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"His legacy and his memory will live on"

The city of Buffalo honors late youth football coach.
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Posted at 12:01 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 16:51:47-05

BUFFALO, (N.Y.) — The corner of Koons Avenue and Sycamore Street have been officially proclaimed as "Nore Aldridge Way." This decision was made by Filmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski to honor Norzell (Nore) Aldridge, 36 of Cheektowga.

"I really it did it as a testimony to bring a healing experience to the neighborhood after this tragedy," Council Member Mitch Nowakowski said.

Aldridge was shot on the corner of Syracamore Street and Koons Avenue following a youth football game in August. Police say Aldridge was trying break up a fight when he and a 20-year-old man were shot. Both men were transported to ECMC where Aldrige later died. Now, he is being celebrated in the same area where he lost his life.

"It is an honor for me to ride by or any of us and see Norzell Aldrige name up there," Aldridge's mom Delores Carthon said. "But still it doesn't bring him back and we still have that emptiness because he should be here."

The proclamation of the "Nore Aldrige Way" is council member Mitch Nowakowski first act as a member of the Buffalo Common Council.

"Sometimes we get these plaques and things in our communities and we don't know who these people are. They're not connected to the community," council member Rasheed Wyatt said. "But these young people know Coach Nore."

"This means the world to us," new coach of the Best Elite Ducks Douglas Hunt adds. "I aint calling it Koons no more. This is Coach Nore Street."