Memorial service for slain MSSU coach set for Monday

Derek Moore(From Southern News Service)

A memorial service honoring the memory of Missouri Southern State University Assistant Football Coach Derek Moore will be held this Monday on the MSSU campus.

The brief ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

The entire Missouri Southern community including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are welcome to attend. Interim President Alan Marble, Athletics Director Jared Bruggeman and head Football Coach Daryl Daye will speak.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations and Marketing at 417-625-9399

Murder charges filed against Bruner in MSSU coach’s shooting

Jeffrey BrunerThe Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has filed felony murder and armed criminal action charges against Jeffrey Bruner, 37, Joplin, in connection with Friday night’s shooting death of Missouri Southern State University offensive line coach Derek Moore.

Moore was killed in the parking lot outside Northstar 14 Theatres.

The shooting was reported at 9:50 p.m. A Duquesne Police officer arrested Bruner two minutes later.

Bruner is being held without bond.

As noted in an earlier Turner Report/Inside Joplin post, Bruner’s wife, Dawn Michele Bruner, works at Missouri Southern as a reserve police officer.

Suspect in MSSU coach’s murder married to university employee

Jeffrey BrunerThe man taken into custody for Friday night’s murder of Missouri Southern State University offensive line coach Derek Moore had another connection with the university.

Jeffrey Bruner, 39, Joplin, is the husband of Dawn Michelle Bruner, who was sworn in Nov. 12, 2012, as the first member of Missouri Southern’s reserve police officer force.

According to a release from Southern News Service:

Bruner, originally from Springfield, graduated from the Missouri Southern State University Police Academy in December 2011.
She completed the mandatory 600 hours of training to acquire her Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)
certification. The program is the regulatory agency that is responsible for the licensure of peace officers, reserve peace officers, basic training instructors, curriculum, and training centers in Missouri.

She has worked for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office.

The reserve officers help with special events, traffic control, and otherwise as needed.

Jeffrey Bruner is being held in the Joplin City Jail. Police have turned over information to the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for the filing of charges.

According to the Joplin Police Department, officers were called to Northstar 14 at 9:50 p.m. Friday night after a report of shots being fired. A Duquesne Police officer was the first arrive and took Bruner into custody at 9:52 p.m.

Moore was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Joplin Police described the murder as a “targeted” shooting.

MSSU Head Coach: This is an unspeakable loss for the MSSU athletics family

Derek Moore(From Southern News Service)

Missouri Southern State University is mourning the loss of Assistant Football Coach Derek Moore.
Coach Moore passed away from injuries received last night in a shooting outside a local movie theatre.
Moore, 37, was in his first year with the Lions as offensive line coach. Coach Moore came to MSSU this year after coaching for three seasons at Western Illinois University. He had coached collegiate football for a total of 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. “We are ensuring that our employees and students have the emotional support they need during this difficult time.”
“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.”
Festivities for Homecoming were canceled in the wake of the tragedy and the game has been postponed.
Grief counselors are available to students and employees.
“The Missouri Southern athletics community is deeply saddened by the events that have occurred,” said Athletics Director Jared Bruggeman. “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.”
Plans are being made for a candlelight vigil Monday on the MSSU campus.

Murder victim was in first year as MSSU offensive line coach

Derek MooreThe following information about Derek Moore, the Missouri Southern State University offensive line coach, who was shot to death last night at Northstar 14 in Joplin, comes from the MSSU website:

Derek Moore is in his first year on the Missouri Southern football staff as the offensive line coach. Moore comes to Southern after three seasons at Division I Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

During his first year at WIU, Moore assisted with an offensive line unit that produced First Team, All-Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) selection Mike Lamphear. The line helped pave the way for a record-setting group in passing yards and total yards, while ranking among the top 25 nationally in five different statistic categories. Last year, eight different linemen started and nine lettered.

Moore spent the 2009 season as an assistant defensive line coach at MVFC member Northern Iowa, working with the defensive tackles. He spent three years as co-offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Upper Iowa University, working directly with the offensive line.

He started his coaching career in 1999 at Ellsworth Community College and spent two years as the offensive and defensive line coach, in addition to serving as the head strength and conditioning coach.
After a year at Iowa Central CC (2001) and Ames (IA) High School (2002), Moore took over as the assistant offensive line coach at St. Cloud State University. He spent two years working as the university’s assistant strength and conditioning coach.

In 2005, Moore went to Lincoln University to take over as special teams coordinator and offensive line coach, while adding head strength and conditioning coach duties. He coached at Upper Iowa from 2006-2009.

Moore graduated with a bachelors degree from Buena Vista University in 1999 and earned a masters degree from St. Cloud State in 2005.

Moore is a proud father of son Elijah (6).

Missouri Southern line coach murdered at Northstar 14

Derek MooreMissouri Southern State University offensive line coach Derek Moore was shot to death Friday night outside of the Northstar 14 theater in Joplin.

MSSU has canceled Homecoming activities and postponed today’s football game.

The following news release was issued by the Joplin Police Department.

On November 1, 2013 at approximately 9:50PM, officers with the Joplin Police Department responded to the Northstar 14 Movie Theatres for reports of shots fired. An officer with the Duquesne Police Department arrived on scene at approximately 9:51PM and the suspect was taken into custody at 9:52PM.

The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. It is believed at this time that this was not a random act. As of this time, we have not been made aware of any other injuries that were a result of the shooting.

The suspect has been identified as Jeffery L. Bruner a 39 year old male of Joplin. He is currently in custody in the Joplin City Jail for murder. Paperwork will be forwarded to the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office for review of formal charges.

The Duquesne Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol all responded to the theatre and assisted with the initial call.

Man in critical condition after shooting at Joplin movie theater

A middle aged man is in critical condition following a shooting at the Regal 14 Theater in Joplin, KSN confirmed moments ago.

A suspect has been taken into custody and a middle-age male was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Officers called it a target event and not a random shooting. The incident happened outside the theatre in the parking lot. There were no other injuries.

The same information has been presented on KZRG’s Facebook page.