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November 3, 2013

Football coach dies after theater shooting

JOPLIN, Mo. — An assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University was gunned down in a movie theater parking lot Friday night, prompting the school to cancel homecoming.

Derek Moore, 37, in his first year as offensive line coach of the Missouri Southern Lions, died from injuries he sustained when he was shot outside the Northstar 14 Theatres in Jolin, university officials said.

The shooting happened at 9:50 p.m. Friday. Police arrested Jeffery L. Bruner, 39, who faces a felony murder charge.

Moore's death prompted the school to cancel Saturday's game against Lindenwood University, as well as its other homecoming festivities.



Moore, who leaves a 7-year-old son, previously coached at Western Illinois University before arriving in Joplin this year.

“Derek was new to Missouri Southern, but he was embraced by our campus and community,” said head football coach Daryl Daye. “He was a very likeable person who always had a smile on his face and made friends easily with our staff and players. This is an unspeakable loss for the MSSU athletics family.”


Details for this story were reported by the Joplin, Mo., Globe.


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