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November 2, 2013

UPDATED: Missouri Southern mourns loss of assistant football coach

Officials from Missouri Southern confirmed Saturday morning that assistant football coach Derek Moore died from injuries sustained in a shooting Friday night in Joplin.

The death prompted Missouri Southern to cancel its homecoming festivities and postpone its home football game against Lindenwood.

Moore, 37, was in his first year with the Lions as offensive line coach. He came to MSSU this year after coaching for three seasons at Western Illinois University. He had coached collegiate football for 14 seasons.

He leaves behind a 7-year-old son.

“We are stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our prayers are with Derek's family,” said MSSU interim president Alan Marble in a release. “We are ensuring that our employees and students have the emotional support they need during this difficult time.”

Moore was shot in the parking lot of the Northstar 14 Theatres in Joplin at 9:50 p.m. Friday, police said. The suspect, 39-year-old Jeffery L. Bruner, remains in custody at the Joplin City Jail.

The Jasper County prosecutor's office filed charges Burner on Saturday. Warrants were issued for class A felony murder and armed criminal action. Bond was denied.

A memorial service for Moore is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday at Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

Marble, athletics director Jared Bruggeman and head football coach Daryl Daye will speak at the ceremony. The entire Missouri Southern community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are welcome to attend.

“Derek was new to Missouri Southern, but he was embraced by our campus and community,” Daye said. “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.”

Grief counselors have been made available to Missouri Southern students and employees.

“The Missouri Southern athletics community is deeply saddened by the events that have occurred,” athletics director Jared 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.”

At this time, no other changes to the schedule have been announced.

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