The following statement has been issued by Missouri Southern State University regarding today’s verdict in the trial of Jeffrey Bruner:

The death of an employee, especially under such shocking and violent circumstances, is always a heavy loss. Derek was and will always remain a member of our Lion family. Our commitment to his son through the Elijah Moore Trust Fund – which has raised more than $8,000 thus far – is one of the ways we continue to honor his memory and thank his family for the impact he made on our student- athletes and campus.

While it can’t undo the past, a verdict helps provide a sense of closure and peace to our campus community.