"Tragedy After Tragedy"; community helping Eaton Rapids family
"Emily had a very loud, contagious laugh," Shannon Murray said. “In the pictures of her family you'll see they just truly had that genuine you know, icky love."
Shannon Murray remembering her friend since high school, Emily Malone. Emily, her husband Sean and two daughters Erin and Lauren were involved in a rollover crash January 7th.
Erin died in the crash. Sean died a few days later. Emily died Monday morning. 11-year-old Lauren is uninjured, but now she's left on her own.
"It is tragic,” Murray said. “It was tragic after tragedy after tragedy...for a little girl to lose each member of her family over the course of 8 days is... I don't know..."
Murray is at a loss for words, but she's full of memories of the Malone family. She says Sean and Emily were high school sweethearts.
"They formed pretty much an instant connection they had that mushy, mushy la-la love," Murray said.
As for Erin, she played basketball at Eaton Rapids High School. Murray made decals and stickers with a basketball and wings to honor her and the Malone family. The decals are on sale and all of the money made is going straight to the Malone family. One place you can find the decals is Mark's Place in Eaton Rapids.
"There was a girl that I went to high school with came in this morning and wanted to support the family,” Mark Mcgee said. “And she said I've got 100 dollars and I'm going to buy as many as I can."
Together through the decals and other methods the community has raised thousands of dollars for Lauren and her family in this time of need.
“I think that's amazing,” Murray said. “That's going to be the only thing that pulls a family through. In their dark times they can see they're surrounded by love and support"
Locations you can find the decals at are Dansville Mercantile (Dansville), Mark’s Place (Eaton Rapids), Fahrenheit Tanning (Eaton Rapids) and the athletics director’s office at Eaton Rapids High School.
Murray says the decals are $5 each and all proceeds will benefit the family.