Missouri Southern State offensive line coach Derek Moore was shot and killed Friday night outside of a movie theater in Joplin, Mo.
“Derek was new to Missouri Southern but he was embraced by our campus and community,” Lions coach Daryl Daye said in a statement. “He was a very likable 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.”
The shooting occurred during Missouri Southern State’s homecoming weekend. The school cancelled the remaining homecoming activities and postponed Saturday’s game against Lindenwood.
“We are stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our prayers are with Derek’s family,” Missouri State Interim president Alan Marble said in a statement. “We are ensuring that our employees and students have the emotional support they need during this difficult time.”
The 37-year-old Moore was shot as he was leaving the Northstar 14 Theaters at approximately 9:50 p.m.. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. Police say that a 39-year-old suspect has been arrested and is in custody.
The suspect was identified as Jeffery L. Bruner, 39, of Joplin, according to The Joplin Globe. There were no details as to what led to the shooting.
Moore is survived by a 7-year-old son.
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