Police have arrested a suspect in the death of Missouri Southern State assistant coach Derek Moore, who was shot and killed outside of a Joplin, Mo., movie theater on Friday night, according to The Joplin Globe. As a result of the incident, the school has canceled its homecoming activities. The shooting occurred outside the Regal movie theater near a Joplin mall at around 9:50 p.m. Police believe it "seemed to be a targeted incident and not random."
"Due to the tragic death tonight of Missouri Southern employee, homecoming activities are canceled and the football game versus Lindenwood has been postponed," university relations and marketing director Cassie Mathes said in a statement. "Additional details will be forthcoming later in the day."
Missouri Southern interim president Alan Marble and head football coach Daryl Daye have also released statements:
"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."Moore was 37 and in his first season on the Lions' staff.
"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."