((HT: Cedar Rapids Gazette/Orlan Love))
About 2,500 of Ed Thomas’ closest personal friends converged here Monday morning to pay their final respects to the slain football coach who will be longer remembered for service to God, family and community.
“Everyone here has a personal relationship with him, because that’s the way Ed was,” friend and fellow coach and teacher Ed Kern said during Thomas’ funeral at the First Congregational Church ((NFL players who were players for Martin at A-P carry his casket, thanks The Gazette/Liz Martin)).
Including himself among the many people calling Ed Thomas their best friend, Kern said.
“And all of us are right.”
Thomas connected with people in a way that made them friends for life, said Parkersburg Police Chief Chris Luhring, a 1997 Aplington-Parkersburg High school graduate who played football under Thomas.
Thomas, 58, was shot to death Wednesday during a weight-lifting session at the school. A former football player, Mark Becker, 24, of Parkersburg, a is charged with first-degree murder.
Here's coverage of the funeral from our friends at KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids...