Liberty County community holds vigil for Corey and Shana Crum

By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WCTV) -- Wednesday night, the Liberty County High School baseball team took a swing at grief, many of them overcome with sorrow after the death of their coach, Corey Crum, and his wife.

"It's been a heartbreaking time," said Ken Hosford.

Hosford said the difficulty stems beyond the team, touching the community as well. Just days after tragedy hit, dozens gathered for a candlelight vigil.

"It's amazing to have all of these people come together for such a tragic loss," said Melissa Watson.

The loss is unfathomable for many. Coach Crum was installing a pole to fix a scoreboard damaged by Hurricane Michael. He was electrocuted when the lift hit the pole. His wife Shana jumped in to save him.

"Even if she knew, even if she had known it was death for her, she was willing to give her life,” Hosford said.

He went on to say Shana gave her life for her husband while he was giving his life helping others.

"He was a man of quiet humble dignity, but a leader by example. The kids loved him," he said.

A love many are hopeful will carry the team and the Crum family through this hard time.

"It’s a tragedy we don't have answers for. You don't understand, none of us understands some of these things that happen in life."

A picture frame on the table reads, “We didn't know we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.”

The baseball team is planning to play its first game since the tragedy on Saturday in Tallahassee against Maclay. The first home game following Crum’s death will be Tuesday.


By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 13, 2019

BRISTOL, Fla. (WCTV) -- Community members in Liberty County are coming together to remember a beloved couple.

Liberty County High School baseball coach Corey Crum and his wife Shana are being remembered after both were fatally electrocuted over the weekend.

A candlelight vigil organized by the baseball team will get underway Wednesday evening. It's a night many people in the community never thought they'd be preparing for.

Organizers of the vigil say it was only supposed to be the team, but so many people said they wanted to help and participate that they opened it up to the entire community. On the schedule are multiple speakers and a musical tribute.

Liberty County High School Athletic Director Derek Causseaux held back tears explaining the outpouring of love over the last week.

"That has brought the hope, you know," he said. "To see so many people, especially after the hurricane and this, just to see the outpouring of love."

The Bulldogs' baseball team practiced Wednesday afternoon for just the second time after the tragedy. Coaches say it's the team's way of grieving.



 
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