Eagles Fans, Community Saddened by Garrett Reid's Death
Fans and community members share their thoughts on the death of Coach Andy Reid's oldest son, Garrett, who was 29.
Shock and sadness gripped Philadelphia Eagles fans Sunday upon learning that the eldest son of Coach Andy Reid had died.
Andy Reid and his family live in Villanova. Garrett Reid graduated from Harriton High School in Lower Merion.
Services will be held Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Broomall, according the Philly.com’s obituary from the family.
Garrett Reid, 29, was found in his bed at the Sayre Park dorms following a struggle of almost 10 years with drug addiction and drug dealing. Reid was helping at camp with players' stength training and conditioning. The death is under investigation.
Patch sites around Eastern Pennsylvania reacted to Reid’s death.
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Eagles Training Camp Reaction
At training camp at Lehigh University between practices Sunday, fans milled around the merchandise tent, some stating "What?" and "That's Crazy" upon being told of the news about the death of Garrett Reid.
Others, who had already heard the news, said they were stunned and saddened.
"I'm heartbroken for his family," said Jason Turner of Lincoln, who heard the news on the radio while driving up to camp. "The Reid sons had some struggles over the last couple of years. This is some sad news."
Coach Reid was absent from Sunday morning's practice. The team did hold an afternoon practice Sunday and all practices were expected to continue until Coach Reid's return.
Ray Swendlow of Huntington Valley, said Reid and his wife shouldn't be blamed for their son's death.
"It's a sad situation," Swendlow said. "This doesn't have to do, though, with how Reid raised his kids. You can't judge the parents. They did their best. It's terribly sad and tragic."
Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo oversaw the team's practice Sunday morning and will oversee the team until Reid returns, the team said.
The Eagles' first pre-season game is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. The team's season opener is Sept. 9 at the Cleveland Browns.