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De Smet football coach killed in St. Louis shooting; woman who called 911 speaks

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Officers responded to a shooting in the 300 block of Hill in St. Louis early Monday morning. (KMOV) Officers responded to a shooting in the 300 block of Hill in St. Louis early Monday morning. (KMOV)
Jaz Granderson (Credit: Lindenwood University) Jaz Granderson (Credit: Lindenwood University)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- St. Louis police have identified the victim of a deadly shooting Monday morning as a De Smet Jesuit High School football coach.

Police said Jaz Granderson, 27, was found with a gunshot wound in the 300 block of Hill, in the Mount Pleasant area of South St. Louis, around 1:00 a.m. Monday. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Granderson was a coach for the De Smet varsity football team, according to the school's website.

Granderson played for Kirkwood High School, the University of Northern Iowa and Lindenwood University according to Debbie Higgins, with De Smet. He has been an assistant coach for the high school for two years. 

"Lord, this is somebody's son, this is somebody's brother, you know?" said Paula Nance.

Nance told News 4 she heard shots fired outside her home on the 5100 block of Minnesota Avenue in south St. Louis, just moments before Granderson appeared outside her door.

"He came up to the door, he knocked and said 'help me!'" said Nance.

With no car of her own, Nance said she called police and waited with Granderson for officers to arrive after he told her he was shot in the stomach and his SUV stolen.

"I'm so hurt," said Nance. "I'm really hurt. I wish I could do more. I want some justice done about this."

A motive for the shooting has not been released. No suspect information was made available.

Lindenwood University released the following statement:

The Lindenwood Athletics department is saddened to hear about the death of Jaz Granderson. Jaz was a key starter on defense for our 2012 football team, and helped that team reach the postseason. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

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