The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 3, 2013

Reports expected in slaying of coach

By Mark Schremmer

JOPLIN, Mo. — The body of Missouri Southern State University assistant football coach Derek Moore was transported to Kansas City for an autopsy on Sunday.

Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel said his preliminary report will be available Monday and that the autopsy report should be filed in a couple of weeks.

Moore, 37, was shot at 9:50 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Joplin’s Northstar 14 Theatres near Northpark Mall. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he died of injuries suffered in the shooting.

Jeffrey L. Bruner, 39, was arrested without incident minutes after the shooting. The Jasper County prosecuting attorney filed charges of murder and armed criminal action against Bruner. Bond was denied, and he was taken to the Jasper County Jail.

Joplin police Sgt. Ryan West said Saturday that Bruner and Moore knew each other and that there was a motive for the crime. Police have not released any details about the motive or the relationship between Bruner and Moore.

West declined to discuss details such as whether Moore was with anyone at the movies, how many shots were fired and the type of gun that was used. West said Sunday that previous releases by police had misspelled Bruner’s first name.

Police didn’t make an arrest report accessible Sunday but indicated it will be available Monday.

A city directory lists a Joplin address for Bruner. Several residents of that neighborhood declined to talk to the Globe on Sunday.

Moore’s death was on the eve of Missouri Southern’s homecoming celebration. Homecoming festivities were canceled, and the football game against Lindenwood University was postponed. Missouri Southern officials haven’t said when the game will be rescheduled.

Moore was in his first year on the Lions’ coaching staff. He had most recently coached for three seasons at Western Illinois University and had coached college football for 14 seasons.

He was the father of a 7-year-old son, Elijah.

A memorial service honoring Moore is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday at Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Scheduled to speak are MSSU interim President Alan Marble, athletics director Jared Bruggeman and head football coach Daryl Daye.

Daye, the assistant coaches and players have not been made available to speak to the media since Friday’s shooting.