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The Department of Criminal Investigation says the man who shot and killed Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas, was a former student and football player of Thomas'.

Twenty-four-year-old Mark Becker has been charged with first degree murder in Thomas' death.

Fifty-eight-year-old Thomas, and several student-athletes, was taking part in an early-morning weight lifting session at the school when Becker entered the facility at 7:47 a.m.

and shot Thomas several times with a handgun.

Authorities say none of the students were threatened by Becker and he left the building.

A 911 call was placed and when medical personal arrived they transferred Thomas to a Waterloo hospital by helicopter.

He died a short time later.

Authorities say Mark Becker was taken into custody at a residence in rural Parkersburg shortly after the shooting.

He was cooperative with authorities and is being held in the Butler County Jail.,0,7477095.story
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