(STATS) - A Missouri State freshman football player was shot and killed in his hometown of Las Vegas Saturday night.
Police continue to investigate the death of 18-year-old Richard Nelson, who was shot at least twice while trying to break up a fight.
KSNV-TV reported the shooting occurred at 7:35 p.m. Nelson was sent to Sunrise hospital, where he later died.
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"Our Missouri State football family is in shock and mourning at the loss of one of our family members," Missouri State coach Dave 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."
Nelson, a tailback, was redshirted this past season. He was a graduate of Chaparral High School in Las Vegas.
Missouri State athletic director Kyle Moats said grief counseling will be available for student-athletes upon their return to campus this week.