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Kampman mourns loss of slain Iowa coach

Packers player mourns loss of slain Iowa coach

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay Packers player Aaron Kampman is mourning the loss of his high school coach who's been slain in an Iowa shooting.

Authorities in Parkersburg, Iowa, said a 24-year-old former player walked into the weight room at Aplington-Parkersburg High School Wednesday morning and shot his former coach, Ed Thomas, before sheriff's deputies arrested him at a nearby home a short time later.

Investigators haven't indicated a possible motive.

In Green Bay, the Packers issued a statement by Kampman saying Thomas was very special to him and the other young men he coached from the Aplington-Parkersburg communities.

Kampman said many see his legacy as his tremendous success as a coach. But he views Thomas's greatest legacy as "the fact that he was a committed follower of Jesus Christ" who tried to exemplify his faith in the way he lived his life.

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