MISSOURI – Derek Moore, a Missouri Southern State University assistant coach, passed away Saturday in Joplin, MO., succumbing to injuries sustained in a Friday evening shooting outside a local movie theater.
The school’s athletics department reported the tragic news.
According to the athletics department’s official release, the 37-year-old coached the team’s offensive line.
It was his first year at MSSU following three seasons as an assistant coach at Western Illinois University. He had accumulated 14 previous seasons of collegiate coaching experience.
Staff reports from the Joplin Globe indicate that the shooting occurred at 9:50 p.m. CTS on Friday in the parking lot of the Northstar 14 Theatres. A 39-year-old suspect, Jeffery L. Bruner, was taken into police custody and remains in the Joplin City Jail.
Due to the tragedy, homecoming plans are canceled and the Lions’ impending home game against Lindenwood is postponed. No other adjustments have been made to the schedule at this time.