Eagles Mourn Loss of Garrett Reid, Funeral Services Tuesday

The private funeral service for Garrett Reid will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in Broomall, Pa

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    NBC10's Katy Zachry reports from outside the funeral home where the Reid family will gather Tuesday morning to say goodbye to Garrett Reid. (Published Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012)

    Andy Reid's son Garrett was found dead early Sunday in a Lehigh University dorm room. That's where Eagles training camp is being held.

    Players Speak Out About Loss of Garrett Reid

    [PHI] Players Speak Out About Loss of Garrett Reid
    The oldest son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid was found dead inside a dorm room on Sunday at Lehigh University where Eagles training camp is being held.Investigators say the cause of death is unknown, but doesn't appear to be suspicious. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn spoke to the players about the loss. (Published Monday, Aug 6, 2012)

    A private funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Broomall, Pa.

    At practice on Monday, Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talked about the mood of the team.

    Garrett Reid Expected to be Laid to Rest Tuesday

    [PHI] Garrett Reid Expected to be Laid to Rest Tuesday
    The oldest son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid is expected to be laid to rest on Tuesday. Twenty-nine-year-old Garrett Reid was found dead inside a dorm room at Lehigh University where Eagles training camp is being held. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports that practice will go on as scheduled again today. (Published Monday, Aug 6, 2012)

    "There is much grieving going on, however, the players and coaches have done an excellent job that once they cross the white lines or once they go into the door of a meeting to have complete focus and that's what we're trying to do in this situation," said Mornhinweg.

    Players who knew Garrett well say he'd want them to keep going. "We just have to find inner peace and find a way to stay focused and it's what he would have wanted us to do," said Quarterback Michael Vick.

    Eagles Coach's Son Found Dead

    [PHI] Eagles Coach's Son Found Dead at Training Camp
    Family, friends and sports fans mourn the loss of Andy Reid's oldest son, Garrett, who was found dead inside a Lehigh University dorm room during the Eagles training camp. NBC 10's Christine Maddela reports. (Published Sunday, Aug 5, 2012)

    "I knew Garrett well, I've known him for about 8 years. He's a fun-loving person that was always smiling and laughing," said Todd Herremans.

    Offensive lineman Evan Mathis says Garrett was one of them, "He was just like another strength coach for us, he was just a member of the team."

    Lehigh University Chief of Police Ed Shupp said they received a 9-1-1 call at 7:20 a.m. Sunday for an unresponsive male and that attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. He added that there were no suspicious activities at the scene.

    Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman announced Garrett's death at a press conference. "I have some heartbreaking news to share with you all. It's with great sadness that I tell you that Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Coach Reid, was found dead this morning in his room here at training camp," said Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman.

    "This is a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family. Garrett grew up with this team and that makes this news even harder for us to process," said Roseman.

    The 29-year-old has had a troubled past involving drugs. In 2007, Garrett Reid admitted he was on heroin when he slammed his SUV into another car, injuring the driver. He spent seven months in prison before being transferred to a halfway house as part of his court-ordered drug treatment program.

    The coroner who pronounced Reid dead at the scene said they are investigating. "We are conducting an investigation in cooperation with the Lehigh campus Police Department," said Coroner Zachary Lyseck, who released no further details as to a cause of death.

    Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie released this statement, “This news is heartbreaking for everyone in the Eagles family. Our hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children."

    Later in the day before the Eagles began practice Sunday afternoon, Lurie held a press conference where he began by saying "Today is one of life's tough days."

    He got choked up describing Andy's family struggles. "I've watched Andy try so hard with his family over the years. He cares so much about his family that it's a hard one," said Lurie.

    He described the Eagles coach as "strong and rock solid but deep down he's a teddy bear."

    Lurie also shared details of a conversation he had with Reid about dealing with tragedy.

    "Life throws you curveballs and the thing to do and I've always felt this and I think Andy feels the same way is that you gain from loss, you gain from tragedy," Lurie said, "He said to me I'm going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park."

    Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will oversee the team until Reid's return. Reid is expected to coach the team's first pre-season game on Thursday night, according to Lurie.

    NBC10's Howard Eskin said he talked with Garrett a few times this past week at training camp. “Light-hearted conversations. Garrett Reid seemed like he was doing well. His dad was happy to have him as part of camp, working with the training staff.”

    The Reid family said in lieu of flowers, people are welcome to send donations to a charity they have long supported, The Laurel House, which supports victims of domestic violence.