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Updated: June 26, 2009, 1:56 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

PARKERSBURG, Iowa -- When a fatal tornado ripped through the rural Iowa town Ed Thomas called home, the local football coach became the driving force behind rebuilding.

As a trusted and active church member, he encouraged the tiny community to have faith.

Parkersburg will need that faith as its residents struggle to comprehend the violent death of the longtime high school football coach -- one that police said came at the hands of a former player.

"This is way ...

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