Coach Shot Dead at Iowa School; Ex-Player Arrested

Adult gunman in custody
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2009 12:30 PM CDT
Coach Shot Dead at Iowa School; Ex-Player Arrested
Investigators work at the scene of a shooting at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, Iowa, Wednesday, June 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)

(Newser) – A top Iowa high school football coach is dead after he was shot by a former player in the school’s weight room—with students nearby today, the Gazette of Cedar Rapids reports. Ed Thomas was shot point-blank in the head; no one else was hurt. The suspect, 24-year-old Mark Becker, is in custody. With a 292-84 record over 37 seasons, Ed Thomas was NFL high school coach of the year in 2005; he coached four NFL players.
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