A young Missouri State University football player laid down his own life to protect his sister from two assailants in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Oniesha Coleman was being held at gunpoint outside of the family home when her brother, Richard Nelson, saw what was happening and without regard for his own safety rushed to her aid.
Coleman was fighting with two other women when 17-year-old Richard Newsome and his mother, Imunique Newsome whipped out a gun to attack her.
— The Standard (@TheStandard_MSU) January 24, 2017
The details of the shooting are fuzzy but when the police arrived at the scene, the 18-year-old star athlete had several gunshot wounds in his torso, court records say according to the student run newspaper The Standard.
The shocking and untimely death of the college freshmen left many speechless and in disbelief.
At a memorial service held this past Sunday in Missouri, Nelson’s mother, Roxanne Bruce told local Missouri news station KSPR, “It makes me happy that my son was loved not only by me but a lot of other people…and I’m trying my best to hold my head up. It is still hard to swallow sometimes.”
The memorial service referred to as the “celebration of life” was organized by the University to honor the star athlete.
To get through these hard times Bruce is turning to her faith. On social media she has shared how she is attempting to give God her worries and fears.
The vigil was held in the Student Union Theatre at MSU and was attended by roughly 500 people including students, staff and other football players.
The University also set up the Richard Nelson Scholarship in the young man’s honor and the Athletics Department has started a memorial fund through Great Southern Bank for the Nelson’s Family, KSPR reported.
To donate to the Great Southern Bank in Springfield, MO call: 417-895-4511.