Iowa Football Coach Shooting

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  • In this Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 file photo, Aplington-Parkersburg head coach Ed Thomas leads his team onto the field before their high school football game against West Marshall High School, in Parkersburg, Iowa. Aplington-Parkersburg High School officials said Wednesday that Thomas was shot in the school's weight room.
  • June 24: People react to the shooting of Aplington-Parkersburg football coach, Ed Thomas. Mark Becker, a 24-year-old former Aplington-Parkersburg High School football player, walked into the school's weight room Wednesday morning and fatally shot his former coach, before sheriff's deputies arrested him at a nearby home a short time later, authorities said.
  • June 24: Flowers lay in the grass near the Aplington-Parkersburg high school football field.
  • June 24: Students and local residents gather outside the Aplington-Parkersburg Elementary School.
  • June 24: Aaron Thomas speaks about his father, Ed Thomas, during a news conference.
  • June 24: Well wishers arrange plastic cups that read "Coach T" and a heart shape as bouquets of flowers and other memorials are arranged along a chain link fence surrounding a playing field near the building housing the scene of the shooting of Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas.
  • June 24: Unidentified Aplington-Parkersburg students and teammates embrace as they arrive for the candle vigil for football coach, Ed Thomas.
  • June 24: High school students react during a vigil for Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach, Ed Thomas.
  • June 24: Students and parents gather at the Aplington-Parkersburg football field named for Ed Thomas for a vigil, after the fatal shooting of Thomas, 58, a high school football coach. Thomas was gunned down in front of students by a former player who was to have been taken to a psychiatric ward days earlier, authorities said.

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