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Student killed after bar fight

Updated: 2012-09-15T04:15:28Z


The Kansas City Star

A shoving match inside Molly’s Bar in Maryville, Mo., around closing time early Friday had every chance to end like most fights involving young men in college towns.

“They dust themselves off and go home,” Maryville public safety director Keith Wood said. “Happens all the time.”

But nobody went home from this one. One is dead and two went to jail.

Tomarken Smith, 21, a senior at Northwest Missouri State University, died at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville.

Two men, Kevin Mooney, 31, and Tony Overlin, 23, were charged Friday with second-degree murder and assault. The two, from Bethany, Mo., were being held in the Nodaway County Jail.

According to Wood, the three men were involved in an altercation earlier in the evening in Molly’s, a bar not far from the Northwest Missouri State campus. Police officers on bar patrol broke that one up.

Mooney and Overlin soon left the bar.

“They waited outside for the other young man to leave,” Wood said.

When Smith did leave about 1:20 a.m., the two men confronted him about a half block from the bar, Wood said. Punches were thrown.

According to court documents, the blows caused Smith to fall and strike his head on a sidewalk.

A police sergeant saw Mooney and Overlin, whom he recognized from the earlier encounter in the bar, run from the scene.

Smith, of St. Louis, was a pre-professional studies major with a minor in coaching, according to the university.

To reach Donald Bradley, call 816-234-4182 or send email to dbradley@kcstar.com.

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