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Slain Colorado prisons leader lived in Columbia

The shooting death of Colorado's top prisons official is resonating in Columbia, where the former Missouri Department of Corrections administrator raised a family and lived for decades.

Like many state government workers, Tom Clements commuted to Jefferson City from Columbia.
Former neighbor Chuck Headley says Clements was a serious bicyclist and devoted father whose job overseeing Missouri's 20 adult prisons didn't outwardly intrude upon their quiet suburban neighborhood.

Clements and his psychologist wife raised their two daughters, who are now grown, in the Highlands community in south Columbia. One of his daughters is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

Clements was shot Tuesday night when he answered the door at his home outside Colorado Springs. Police were searching for the gunman Wednesday.

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