East Lansing Community Mourns Josh & Whitney Eady

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

It was only fitting that they would honor Josh Eady on the field he called home.

"He poured his heart out to everybody and he poured his heart out on the field," said Abram Mccoy, Eady's cousin.

Eady's family were surrounded and supported by Eady's friends, teachers, coaches and members of the community. Friends read poetry, sung songs and read consoling words during the ceremony. Then the lights went out for minutes of silence. The silence was only broken by sounds of grief.

"We really wanted to celebrate the life of Joshua," said East Lansing High School Principal Paula Steele.

Eady was a senior at East Lansing High School and played on the line for the football team.

He and his sister Whitney were killed in a one car accident in Missouri Saturday morning. They were driving home with their mother, father, brother and another passenger on the way home from a funeral in Mississippi.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol records, the SUV Eady's mother, Aretha, was driving was passing another vehicle when she overcorrected and ran off the road. The car flipped, ejecting three of the passengers.

Josh and Whitney were pronounced dead on the scene. Charles Eady Sr., Charles Eady Jr. and Aretha Eady were airlifted to Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis. According to the hospital, Charles Eady Jr. and Aretha Eady are listed in serious condition while Charles Eady Sr. is listed in critical condition as of 11:00 PM Monday night.

Josh Eady's teammates say they will never forget his smile.

"Josh's smile made other people smile," said Matthew Ethington, a freshman on East Lansing's football team. "It lit up the whole room."

"Things would be going bad and he'd just smile and make it better," said Travis Luther, an East Lansing High School graduate and former teammate.

The East Lansing Trojans say they plan on wearing a helmet sticker in Eady's honor the rest of the year.

"We're doing it all for Josh," said Ethington. "Whoever's in our way gets destroyed."

Mccoy said he spoke to Whitney and Josh on Saturday after the Michigan State-Michigan football game.

"Whitney was an MSU fan and I cheer for Michigan so she was talking a little trash and I heard Josh in the background laughing," said Mccoy. "You tell them you love them but you don't expect it to be your last time talking to them."

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