Beloved De Smet coach laid to rest Monday

MIDTOWN - Funeral services took place Monday morning for a beloved football coach and former player who was shot and killed in south St. Louis one week ago.

Coach Jaz Granderson was shot and killed early last week in south St. Louis. He was 27.

Granderson was an assistant football coach at De Smet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur. He'd been a coach at De Smet for two years. Those who knew Granderson said he was always positive and the kids he coached loved him.

On Saturday, De Smet football players paused during the pregame to honor Granderson. In fact, his father walked with players onto the field.

Granderson played his high school football at Kirkwood High School, where he graduated in 2008. He went on to play college football at Northern Iowa.

Granderson was shot at Minnesota and Hill a little before 1 a.m. on the morning of Monday, October 16. Authorities said he was shot in the chest and died at a local hospital.

A witness at the scene reported hearing gunfire and then hearing a car speed away from the scene. At this point, police have made no arrests in the case.

Central Baptist Church in Midtown hosted the visitation and funeral services. Granderson was laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery in north county