Missouri Southern State offensive line coach Derek Moore was shot and killed outside of a movie theatre on Friday night. Moore, 37, was in his first season at Division II MSSU, and leaves behind a seven year old son. All homecoming activities at Missouri Southern have been cancelled, and their game against Lindenwood has been postponed.
From the school's website:
"We are stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our prayers are with Derek's family," said MSSU Interim President Alan Marble. "We are ensuring that our employees and students have the emotional support they need during this difficult time."
"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."
Police have a suspect in custody, according to the Joplin Globe, and have indicated that they believe the incident was targeted, and not random. No charges have been filed as of Saturday afternoon, but the police expect them to be filed soon.
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