This morning, a football coach from back near where I grew up was shot this morning. Ed Thomas was the head football coach for the Applington-Parkersburg school district. This morning, while supervising the team’s summer weight lifting program, an unknown man walked up to Thomas pointed the gun at his head and shot him. He died shortly after at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, IA. The man that shot him was captured shortly afterwards and is currently in the Butler County jail.
Parkersburg, the home of the AP school district is 15, or so, miles North of my home town, Grundy Center. I don’t remember Thomas, specifically, but I remember playing against his team occasionally and how unstoppable they were. They were nearly always one of the top ranked teams in the state. The team was good enough that Thomas had four of his former players go on to play in the NFL, which is a very high rate for any team, let alone one from the-middle-of-nowhere Iowa.
I don’t know the condition of his soul, whether or not he was right with Christ, but I hope the best for him and will be praying for his family.