Funeral for Wayne State College football player who died of pneumonia draws big crowd



Roughly 1,000 people attended the funeral for an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player who died.


Eddie Key III was remembered Saturday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Lincoln. The crows included family, friends and teammates.


Jerry Key says he didn’t just lose his brother; he lost his best friend.


Officials say Key died Feb. 8 because of fluid in his lungs caused by a bacterial pneumonia infection. Key was found later in his dorm room at the campus in northeast Nebraska.


Key was listed as a defensive end for Wayne State last fall. He graduated from Lincoln North Star High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2013.


Wayne State coach Dan McLaughlin says Key was always making his teammates laugh.


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