Claremore Daily Progress

Breaking News

Top Stories

November 3, 2013

Police say football coach murdered by acquaintance

JOPLIN, Mo. —

An assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University was gunned down in a movie theater parking lot Friday night, prompting the school to cancel homecoming.

Derek Moore, 37, in his first year as offensive line coach of the Missouri Southern Lions, died from injuries he sustained when he was shot outside the Northstar 14 Theatres in Joplin, university officials said.

The shooting happened at 9:50 p.m. Friday. Police arrested Jeffery L. Bruner, 39, of Joplin, shortly after the shooting and held him without bail on a charge of murder. They said Bruner knew the victim.

“We are looking at the investigation not as a random crime,” said Police  Sgt. Ryan West. “There was a relationship (between the suspect and the victim), and the suspect did have motive, which I cannot elaborate on at this time.”

West said there were witnesses to the shooting but declined to say how many. He said the shooting coincided with movies letting out at the multiplex theater while others were preparing to go to the late showing.

Moore's death prompted the school to cancel Saturday's game against Lindenwood University, as well as its other homecoming festivities. School officials said the game would be rescheduled later.



Moore, who leaves a 7-year-old son, coached at Western Illinois University for three yeras before before moving to Missouri Southern this season. He was a college coach for 14 years.

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


Details for this story were reported by the Joplin, Mo., Globe.


1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • Students paint mural Catoosa High School artists paint mural to instill respect, inspiration

    Catoosa High School students, Devin Jackson and Spencer Plumlee, recently put the finishing touches on a mural that took more than a year to complete. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local attorneys fight to eliminate judgment

    Claremore attorneys — Thomas H. Williams and Jack E. Gordon Jr. —   filed a petition Tuesday to vacate the $27.9 million judgment awarded to Material Service Corp. 

    April 18, 2014

  • Rogers County Water Dist. 16 receives grant

    Rogers County Rural Water District No. 16 received a $24,999 grant Tuesday to help finance expansion of the district’s water supply infrastructure.  

    April 18, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until June 24

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until June 24-26, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    April 17, 2014

  • Harps Food opens new store in Inola

    On April 23, Harps Food Stores will reach a new milestone in their company’s history with the opening of its 75th store. 

    April 17, 2014

  • helping children Tri-County CASA seeks additional volunteers as child abuse cases increase

    From 2010-2013, Oklahoma has seen an increase in children entering foster care. According to Oklahoma Department of Human Services reports, approximately 11,000 children are in state’s custody because of child abuse or neglect — 4,000 in the Tulsa area alone and more than 100 in Rogers County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge refuses to dismiss Grubowski in DA suit

    A judge has denied businessman Myron Grubowski's motion to remove him from the defamation lawsuit filed by District Attorney Janice Steidley against sponsors of last fall's unsuccessful citizens petition for a local grand jury investigation of her  office.

    April 17, 2014

  • Controversial schools chief attracts crowd of opponents

    The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jennifer Hodges Claremont Elementary teacher named the winner of $2,500 classroom grant

    Jennifer Hodges, a fifth grade teacher at Claremont Elementary, has been named winner of a $2,500 grant through the Farmers Insurance Thank A Million Teachers program. The national initiative invites citizens to offer thanks to teachers, past and present, who have made a difference in their lives.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Commissioners hire outside counsel

    The Rogers County Commissioners hired outside legal counsel Monday to contest the $28 million civil judgment paid to Material Service Corp.

    April 16, 2014

Poll

Severe storm season is beginning. Do you have a storm readiness plan at home?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video