MU groundskeeper killed in early morning shooting

Monday, May 20, 2013 | 5:21 p.m. CDT; updated 9:35 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 20, 2013

COLUMBIA — The 25-year-old Columbia man killed early Sunday in a shooting on North Ann Street worked for MU as a groundskeeper.

Brandon Coleman had worked for the turf management section of the MU athletics department since June 2010. Prior to that, he worked at MU Campus Dining services, according to a statement from Chad Moller, associate athletics director.

"He worked hard for athletics, and we're all really saddened about this news," Moller said via email.

Coleman graduated from Hickman High School in May 2006 and attended MU. The University Registrar could not confirm how long he attended or whether he graduated. 

Members of the Columbia Police Department Criminal Investigative Division arrived at the intersection of Ann Street and Hinkson Avenue at approximately 3:15 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a disturbance leading to shots fired.

Coleman was taken by ambulance to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

The police said they think they had located all persons involved in the disturbance and were conducting interviews, according to the release, but no arrests have been made as of Monday afternoon.

An autopsy was performed late Monday morning, but the Boone County Medical Examiner was not able to provide results.


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