East Lansing Mourns Eady Family

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

Students and staff at East Lansing High School are mourning the loss of a football player and student whose impact will never be forgotten. Students came dressed in black, questioning, crying and remembering their friend.

"I was shocked then very concerned about my students and how they would process the loss," said high school principal Paula Steele.

17 year old East Lansing High School Senior Josh Eady was coming back from his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi when the SUV he was riding in flipped over.

"How very difficult it is and sad when tragedies strike our schools," said Steele.

The crash happened in Missouri around 8 am Sunday morning. State police there said Eady's mother was trying pass another vehicle when she lost control and ran off the road. Eady and his older sister Whitney died.

"His older sister I knew. She graduated in the class of 2005. She was also a very loving person," said Steele.

Eady's mother, father, older brother and another older sister suffered serious injuries and as of monday evening are still in the hospital.

It was very somber at East Lansing High School on Monday as kids comforted each other, decorated Eady's locker and signed a banner in the lobby that read: "He's not gone, he's just away."

Eady would have graduated next year. He was a two-year starter for the Trojans who was just beginning to come into his own.

"He had some of his best games recently," said varsity football head coach Bill Feraco, "He probably had his best game, the Grand Ledge game -- which tragically was the last game he played."

Feraco told his team the sad news on Sunday night but said there really wasn't much he could do or say.

"It was a reflective mood. The shock of trying to integrate what happened and put it into real terms," said Feraco, "There's no answer for things like this that happen."

Eady left his mark on and off the field.

"He was always very helpful," said Steele. "He would open the door for me, carried packages. He was very quick with a smile."

Students say Josh's smile and laughter lit up the school. Now the grief and loss they're feeling is nothing they could have prepared for.

"[The grief] can't be measured. We need to remain strong and absorb that strength among one another," said Coach Feraco.

Facebook pages have been set up as a place to remember and honor Eady and the family.

"We're trying to find a balance for how to move on and move through the grief," said Steele.

"We're going to deal with it in the way Josh would have wanted by preparing the way we have all year long," said Feraco.

A candelight vigil is planned for Josh Eady Monday night on the football field. A parent group is also organizing to support and fundraise for the family.

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  • by a friend on Oct 15, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    Josh was one of the nicest guys i have ever met. He was always one to hold a door open for anyone and would always tell girls that "they looked very beautiful today" myself included, even on days when i knew i wasn't. His heart was so big, big enough that he can never truly die in my mind. I love you Josh, we'll all see you again someday. And James- the school itself did not set up the tee shirts or the posters, those are things the students wanted to do because we all loved josh so much and this loss really effected many of our lives. Don't put that kind of "shame" on ELHS, because the teahcers had nothing to do with it. To share that here is highly disrespectful in my opinion.
  • by leah Location: east lansing on Oct 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    i love you josh best friends since babies. wait for me up there miss you. and everyone please keep his family in your prays they are such a good family. keep your heads up eady family<3
  • by a mother on Oct 14, 2010 at 01:55 PM
    Lord watch over the family left behind send speicial prayers to the mother and other siblings. if anthing can be learned from this is tell your friends and family how much you love them everyday because you never know whats waiting around the corner.forgive the little things people to you because if they were taken away suddenly it really wouldn't matter! god bless be strong hold eachother tight
  • by Makiya Brown on Oct 14, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    i graduated from east lansing in 2007 and i knew his sister she was a very sweet and funny person didnt really know josh but its still sad that they both lost their lives.... im going to miss them both! my prayers are with the family
  • by rowan on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    Maybe elhs didn't do anything for the girl because she didn't touch the lives of the other students. Did you ever think of how she treated other people?? Josh was kind to everyone around him, regardless of what others thought of that person. I highly doubt you can say that about your friend. I graduated a Trojan and have lived through deaths of numerous students. each death was celebrated how that student treated others. RIP josh eady. Keep a spot in heaven for us Trojans. we love you
  • by Smithy on Oct 13, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    My prayers go out to the Eady family -- what a tragedy. I am sending good wishes out to the other members of the family who face a long road ahead-- both physically and emotionally. James-- perhaps this isn't the forum to express such angst you feel towards East Lansing High School. If you feel so strongly, perhaps a phone call to the superintendent may have been in order when this other young girl died. In any case, bashing a local high school on a comment page meant to leave tributes to two young lives lost seems a bit tacky.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    We are all mourning Josh. I know how hard it is for the students and staff of east Lansing High School is feeling. It is not easy fora large group of people to go to school and do school work. We all miss you, Josh!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    I recently graduated from East Lansing High School. I have seen Josh around. We are a;ll mourning for his loss
  • by Kris Location: Lansing on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:15 AM
    Prayers going out to the Eady family...such a tragedy!
  • by James Location: Lansing on Oct 12, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    My prayers go out to the Eady family. However, I have to say that years ago, a young girl from East Lansing High School was killed by a drunk driver. She was a bit of a trouble maker, and not very popular. East Lansing High School did absolutely nothing for her. No memorial service, no black clothes on everyone, no posters to sign. The school did absolutely nothing for her. Shame on you East Lansing High School.
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