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Coach Thomas' son thanks the community

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PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -- Coach Ed Thomas' son, Aaron, spoke on behalf of the family at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

"The shocking events of today are not anything you can prepare for. Many knew Ed Thomas as a teacher, coach and a Christian man of faith. We knew him as a father, husband, grandfather, son and uncle.

"We will miss him. We loved him. We have so many great memories that we will cherish forever. I will miss golfing with my dad and my brother.

"We love the people of Parkersburg for showing us such overwhelming support in the face of this tragedy. Thank you for the visits, phone calls and other expressions of love. In the midst of our grief, we deeply appreciate our friends and neighbors.

"We also express compassion for the Becker family and ask that you pray for them as well. They too, are suffering and grieving and we want the community to embrace them.

"The mark my dad left on this community will live on through our family, his students, his athletes, his church family and countless people that he has touched. We will miss him very much and thank all of you for supporting our family during this difficult time."

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