There’s some sad news to report from the college football world as a freshman running back on the Missouri State football team was shot and killed on Saturday night.
Richard Nelson was killed in his hometown of Las Vegas on Saturday night. According to The Associated Press, Nelson was trying to break up a fight and was shot twice. He was just 18 years old.
Missouri State head coach Dave Steckel released a statement on the matter.
“Our Missouri State football family is in shock and mourning at the loss of one of our family members,” Steckel said. “Richard is like a son and a brother. It is a tragedy that he lost his life defending what is right. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in Las Vegas, and we know he is in a good place with God. We ask everyone to respect the privacy of our football family at this time as we begin the healing process.”
Steckel was the defensive coordinator at Missouri from 2009-14.
Nelson redshirted in his first year at the school and was a graduate of Chaparral High School.