On a day where football will be prominent in tons of households across the country, we have some very devastating news to report.
Missouri State Bears freshman running back Richard Nelson was shot and killed in his hometown of Las Vegas last night. Investigators claim the situation stemmed from an argument that escalated to senseless proportions.
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.”
“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.”
One of Nelson’s former high school teammates provided more insight.
Keep the Nelson family in your thoughts and prayers.