Preliminary autopsy results ruled out alcohol and drugs as factors in the death of an 18-year-old freshman football player found dead in his dorm room at Wayne State College.
Based on the autopsy results, police also ruled out self-inflicted injuries as the cause of death of Eddie Key III. According to police, no signs of apparent foul play were found at the scene.
Wayne State College football players told WOWT 6 News Sunday that the passing of their teammate and friend came as a complete shock. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday to try and determine what caused the death of the 18-year-old Wayne State College student.
The body of freshman Eddie Key III was found around 7 p.m. Saturday in his Berry Hall dorm room. Key graduated from Lincoln North Star High School where he earned Second Team All-Nebraska and Super State honors in football as an offensive lineman his senior year. Key played defensive end at Wayne State last fall.
Coaches called players to the locker room late Saturday for a team meeting to tell them about the discovery.
"They brought the team in, told everybody. We took it pretty hard, lot of praying," said teammate and friend Tyler Hoppes. "I couldn't believe it. I was with the kid before I talked to him, and I was like 'ya man, I'll see you tomorrow. It was just heartbreaking," Hoppes explained.
WOWT 6 News also spoke with Key's roommate. Nate Rogers said he met Key at the Shrine Bowl this past summer. The two bonded over the game. "He was very funny, outgoing guy, humorous. The stuff we did together was just unforgettable," Rogers explained. "Football was his first love. He was a very great, great, player defensively and offensively."
The two teammates said the season will definitely be different and impact the team on the field. They explained Key likely would have been a candidate for a starting position.
"I'll never forget him. Nobody else is going to forget him,. This season will be dedicated to him," Rogers said.
WSC Director of College Relations Jay Collier said in a statement that counseling assistance was provided at Berry Hall and during a football team meeting Saturday night. Additional counseling assistance will be provided from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in room 103 of the Student Center.
"It's a small college with a small community and a small family and this news ripples across the campus," said Collier. "Anytime we lose someone it has a very deep affect on the campus."