Missouri State F-Ball Player Richard Nelson Shot & Killed In Vegas While Protecting His Sister


Missouri State Bears freshman running back Richard Nelson was unfortunately shot and killed in his hometown of Las Vegas Saturday night. Investigators on the scene stated the entire situation started out as an argument that quickly got out of hand and turned violent.

“The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. local time in the southeast Las Vegas Valley. The station’s report said the suspect is a male in his late teens, who fired at least five shots and fled the scene. He is still at large.”

Missouri State Bears Athletic Director Kyle Moats released a statement:

“It’s tough,” he said. “A kid doesn’t get to fulfill his dreams in life. The football thing is a very small piece of it. Anytime a life is taken, we take for granted some of the things we have and the liberties we have.”

Moats said there already are plans in place to provide counseling for team members and coaches.

“I feel awful for our guys, because he’s a friend,” Moats said. “It’s tough. There’s not a play chart for this one. You have to do the best you can, and we’re going to do everything we can to support our guys. Everyone will react differently.

“I feel for the family. To lose a son is something I can’t comprehend.”

A former teammate of Nelson’s at Chaparral High School Tweeted on Sunday that Nelson “died a hero.


*Update*: According to his friend, the killer turned himself in.

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