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Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo.

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story updated on November 2, 2013 at 3:39pm
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP)- A 39-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a Missouri Southern State University football coach.

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.

Bruner is being held without bond in Joplin. Jail officials say it’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

Moore was in his first year as a Missouri Southern offensive line coach. He came to MSSU after three seasons at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

The university canceled its Homecoming activities and said in a statement the school was “stunned and deeply saddened” by Moore’s death.

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – Authorities say a football coach at Missouri Southern State University was shot outside a Joplin theater and later died.

Joplin police said Saturday that 37-year old Derek Moore of Joplin was shot Friday night as he was leaving the Northstar 14 Theatres. He died later at a hospital.

Moore was in his first year on the Missouri Southern football staff as the offensive line coach. He came to MSSU after three seasons at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

Police say a 39-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after the shooting and is being held at the Joplin City Jail on a 24-hour hold pending formal charges.

The university has canceled its Homecoming activities and postponed its football game against Lindenwood University, issuing a statement saying the school was “stunned and saddened” by Moore’s death.

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