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Wayne State Community Mourns Loss of Freshman Eddie Key

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WAYNE, NE -

It just doesn't make sense.  

That's what a lot of folks are saying Monday night following the sudden death of a Wayne State College football player.

Defensive End Eddie Key III died this weekend and the search for answers continues.

It's news that the Key family and the Wayne State community weren't ready for.

Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m., the 18-year-old was found dead in Berry Hall, his dorm room.

A preliminary autopsy shows that neither drugs nor alcohol caused the death and that self-inflicted injuries and foul play aren't a factor either.

Coach McLaughlin says his team is still in shock.
 
"Well, Eddie was a... a real happy-go lucky kid. He smiled all the time. I don't know, we were talking the coaches, I don't know a kid on the team that didn't like Eddie. He made more friends faster than anybody I've known in a long time. Kids really enjoyed him. He always had a smile on his face. He always had a joke. He didn't take anything too seriously. He was a great competitor but he.. .but things went pretty smoothly for him, in terms of how he got along with people and people were naturally attracted to him. And so great kid, great teammate. He'll sorely be missed," said the football coach.

McLaughlin said the fun-loving freshman from Lincoln, Nebraska was someone who had promise both on and off the field.

Thursday, he last saw Eddie, who was dedicating himself to the weight room as much as the classroom.

Now the Wildcats are celebrating Eddie's life and the teammate they all grew to love.
 
"You know, that's one of the silver linings of being of a team is you have each other and uh our kids realize that and also their family realizes that and they want Wayne State football to be a part of that and we're very grateful for it," said McLaughlin.

A funeral for Key will be held Saturday, February 15th at 10a.m. at St. Mark's Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Results of a final autopsy will take weeks.

Meanwhile, the college is providing counseling services to those who knew Key.

The college has not yet announced plans for a memorial service.

If you have a story you want to tell or an  incident you think needs to be investigated, our reporter Beairshelle Edmé wants to hear about it.
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