Police have charged Mark Becker, 24, with First Degree Murder. Becker is a former A-P student and football player.
Becker was also involved in a police chase last weekend. The chase started in Cedar Falls in connection with a report of vandalism and ended in Butler County near Allison.
Becker was taken in custody on Saturday and transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Cedar Falls police planned to file charges against Becker after his evaluation. According to the Cedar Falls Police Chief, the department was never notified when Becker was released.
Residents of Parkersburg say Ed Thomas was much more than a football coach.
"Our town is pouring out here this morning, our town is distraught," A-P Superintendent Jon Thompson said.
Thompson says in a yearly speech to parents, Thomas would say that after playing football, he wanted his players to be better people and better citizens.
Thomas started working at A-P in 1975. Thomas has four former players currently active in the NFL.
A student has also started a memorial group on Facebook.
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