MSSU assistant football coach killed in shooting

Saturday, November 2, 2013 | 2:50 p.m. CDT; updated 4:17 p.m. CDT, Saturday, November 2, 2013

JOPLIN — A new assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University was shot and killed as he was leaving a Joplin movie theater, authorities said Saturday.

Derek Moore, offensive line coach for MSSU, was shot Friday night in the parking lot of the Northstar 14 Theatres, Joplin police said. Moore died later at a hospital.

Police said Jeffery L. Bruner, 39, of Joplin was arrested shortly after the shooting, and the Jasper County prosecutor's office charged him with felony murder and armed criminal action.

Joplin police said Saturday that the Jasper County prosecutor's office has charged Jeffery L. Bruner of Joplin with felony murder and armed criminal action in 37-year-old Derek Moore's death. Moore died after he was shot Friday night as he left a Joplin movie theater.

Moore, 37, 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.

The university, which also canceled its Homecoming activities for the weekend, said Moore was the father of a 7-year-old boy. The university is planning a campus candlelight vigil for Monday.

"Derek was new to Missouri Southern but he was embraced by our campus and community," coach Daryl Daye said in the statement. "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."

The university said counselors would be on hand to help students and employees deal with Moore's death.

"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," athletics Director Jared Bruggeman said in the statement.

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