Derek Moore, Missouri College Coach, Killed By Gunman

A gunman kills a Missouri Southern State college coach Friday night as he left a Joplin movie theater. The gunman has been identified as Jeffery L. Bruner, 39, who has been charged with felony murder and armed criminal action.

Derek Moore, 37, died after he was shot as he left the theater. Bruner is being held without bond in Joplin. Jail officials say it’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

Moore was in his first year as a Missouri Southern offensive line coach. He came to MSSU after three seasons at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

Moore was in his first year on the Missouri Southern football staff. He previously coached three seasons at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., according to the MSSU website.

“We are stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our prayers are with Derek’s family,” MSSU Interim President Alan Marble said in a statement on the university’s website.

“We are ensuring that our employees and students have the emotional support they need during this difficult time.”

The university also canceled its homecoming activities for the weekend.

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