NCAA: MSSU Assistant Football Coach Derek Moore Shot and Killed

Missouri Southern State University Lions assistant football coach Derek Moore was shot outside a theater in Joplin, Mo. on Friday. He died later in the hospital.

Nov 3 2013, 10:16pm CST | by

NCAA: MSSU Assistant Football Coach Derek Moore Shot and Killed
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Missouri Southern State Lions assistant football coach Derek Moore was shot outside a theater in Joplin, Mo. on Friday. 

Moore, the offensive line coach of the Lions, was shot at the parking lot of the Northstar 14 Theatres. He later died at the hospital, per the Associated Press

Authorities confirmed a 39-year-old suspect is now in custody at the Joplin City Jail shortly after the shooting. The Joplin Globe identified the suspect as Jeffrey L. Bruner. He surrendered to authorities at around 9:50 CT on Friday. 

Joplin Police Lt. Matt Stewart said the shooting "seemed to be a targeted incident and not random."

The tragic shooting coincided with the university's homecoming weekend, which was eventually canceled, per MSSU University Relations and Marketing Director Cassie Mathes.

"Due to the tragic death tonight of a Missouri Southern employee, homecoming activities are canceled and the football game versus Lindenwood has been postponed. Additional details will be forthcoming later in the day." 

MSSU interim president Alan Marble spoke on behalf of the university to express his sadness over the loss of Moore. 

"We are stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our prayers are with Derek's family. We are ensuring that our employees and students have the emotional support they need during this difficult time." 

Lions head coach Daryl Daye said Moore made an immediate impact in spite of the fact that he was new.

"Derek was new to Missouri Southern but he was embraced by our campus and our community. 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." 

In the wake of Moore's death, MSSU, by way of athletics director Jared Bruggeman, said counselors would be on duty to help both students and employees cope with the tragedy. 

Bruggeman said,"In times like this, our priority is to make sure we are there for our student-athletes, coaches and support staff in whatever way necessary." 

Moore, 37, was in his first season with Missouri Southern State. He previously spent three seasons coaching at Western Illinois University. He had coached for 14 seasons in all and leaves behind a seven-year-old son, per MSSU's official athletics website. 



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