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Uhlenhopp ran south into a parking lot clogged with construction equipment and materials for a new school being built in the aftermath of a devastating tornado a year earlier. He hid behind a pallet, unsure of what to do next.
"He went back to his car, and it looked like he grabbed something from the cup holder and put it in his pocket," he said.
Richard Uhlenhopp from Aplington, who now attends Iowa State University, stands outside of the bus barn in Parkersburg, where football coach Ed Thomas was shot in 2009.(Photo: )
to the Aplington Parkersburg football field in Parkersburg, Iowa. Thomas was killed by a former player of his, Mark Becker, who was struggling with delusions at the time he shot Thomas in a makeshift weight room outside of the school in 2009. Inside new football coach Alex Pollock's office is a large black filing cabinet, filled with scouting reports, statistics, scores and field notes from games decades back. Thomas was killed by a former player of his, Mark Becker, who was struggling Jimmy Choo Gold Glitter Trainers
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"Being from a small town, that's just what we do," said Uhlenhopp, who will be a sophomore this fall at Iowa State. "You open doors for people."
Other students fled the building amid screams, scrambling north. Becker walked out and calmly headed south toward his car in Uhlenhopp's direction.
Uhlenhopp, a freshman, had finished his workout and walked just steps outside to call his mother for a ride. Becker walked Giuseppe Zanotti 3 Strap Sandal up, and Uhlenhopp considered, for a brief second, opening the door before continuing with the conversation.
That sound, the one from mere feet away that changed a small Iowa town forever, is gone erased by time.
As the horrific reality of what was unfolding around him almost five years ago began to register, Uhlenhopp soaked up those details even as he ran his feet and path guided by instinct.
A blood chilling thought arose. What if Becker saw him and thought he was calling police? He shoved the phone in a bag slung over his shoulder.
"I looked up to the bus barn roof, and the sun was shining off it and I could hear birds chirping," he said.
"I didn't think anything of it," he said.
with delusions at the time he shot Thomas in a makeshift weight room outside of the school in 2009.
Once outside, Uhlenhopp again noticed Becker later telling a Division of Criminal Investigation agent that Becker was wearing a full body work jumpsuit, "like a mechanic."
Uhlenhopp hears something much more ordinary.
Soon, Uhlenhopp found himself rewinding other events.
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When former Falcons football player Mark Becker murdered the coach inside the makeshift weight room with students including Uhlenhopp nearby, it became clear that the road to recovery would extend beyond two stunned families.
Uhlenhopp remembers a sound, but not the terrifying report of the .22 caliber handgun that claimed the life of Aplington Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas the morning of June 24, 2009.
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