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Handgun Kills Ed Thomas, High School Football Coach In Iowa

June 24, 2009

Another day, another handgun death.  These deaths occur because too few citizens and elected officials stand up to the NRA and demand an end to the manufacture, and easy access of these deadly weapons.

High school football coach Ed Thomas was shot Wednesday in the weight room of his high school in Parkersburg, Iowa, and died at a hospital, several reports say.

The Des Moines Register said the Aplington-Parkersburg High School coach died at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo after being shot at about 8:30 a.m. in the weight room next to the school.

The school’s business manager said Thomas was shot in the head, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported.

Aplington-Parkersburg school superintendent Jon Thompson told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation would be investigating the shooting, which occurred in front of students.

Thomas was named the NFL High School Coach of the Year in 2003 and has led his school to nearly 300 victories, and 19 state playoff appearances in his 37-year coaching career.


Mark Becker, 24, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Ed Thomas, the district’s long-time football coach.

Becker was arrested at a rural Parkersburg residence shortly after the shooting, an official from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said. A handgun was used in the shooting. Becker is a former Aplington-Parkersburg player and student.

  1. Jason Beeghly permalink
    September 14, 2009 3:04 PM

    this makes me sick…another left winger that thinks GUNS are the problem. Friggin absolutely crazy……….

  2. Jen permalink
    June 25, 2009 7:13 PM

    Yeah, we’ll see what a “amazing” coach this guy was when they investigate this Mark kid. A young man walks in and kills his HS coach injuring no one else… hmm I wonder what would have driven him to do that? I’m not saying I condone this, AT ALL, but I’m VERY interested to see the details of this case.

  3. Patrick permalink
    June 24, 2009 2:59 PM

    I hope the gun gets life in prison!

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