Missouri State tailback Nelson killed in shooting


Freshman Richard Nelson was shot and killed in front of his home in Las Vegas Saturday night. Investigators told KSNV they did not believe the incident to be gang-related.

Richard Nelson, a football Bear red shirt freshman, was just about to return to Springfield for spring classes.

"We are still requesting they turn themselves in as soon as possible", Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Dan McGrath told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. local time in the southeast Las Vegas Valley.

Paramedics rushed Nelson to the hospital where he later died.

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Friends say Nelson went outside, trying to help his sister who was on the ground, being attacked. When police arrived to the scene, Nelson was found suffering from multiple apparent gunshot wounds.

He was majoring in Occupational Therapy. It is a tragedy that he lost his life defending what is right.

Missouri State head coach Dave Steckel said in a statement that the team "is in shock and mourning".

Grief counselors will be at Missouri State this week, helping teammates and classmates. As a senior at Chaparral, he was honored with the Courage Award by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.