The Metro East community mourns the loss of a close friend and football player

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Buddies recognized Horace Grigsby because the 15-year-old who drowned Saturday afternoon whereas swimming within the Meramec Caverns in Sullivan. Grigsby would begin his sophomore yr at Collinsville Excessive College this fall and compete on the soccer staff his freshman yr.

Buddies and coaches stated his smile was infectious and his humorousness lit up each room. Isaiah Gordon performed on the soccer staff with Grigsby, however their friendship dates again virtually six years.

A boy from Collinsville, Illinois, drowned within the Meramec River Saturday afternoon whereas in Meramec Caverns.

“It made the temper lots higher,” Gordon stated. “Humorous boy. He made everybody giggle.”

Gordon stated he would not keep in mind a day he did not see or speak to Grigsby. He stated his greatest buddy all the time pushed him to be higher, whether or not they performed soccer, basketball or bike.

“It made everybody smile,” stated Gordon. “He was a hothead, however he bought alongside nicely with everybody.”

Anthony Priest was Grigsby’s Little League coach in center faculty and has grown right into a mentor through the years. He stated Grigsby’s demise is an amazing loss for a lot of within the Collinsville neighborhood.

“It nonetheless appears completely different, it would not really feel actual,” Priest stated. “Each time I look I anticipate to listen to his voice or one thing annoying or make a joke.”

Buddies stated Grigsby was swimmer however wasn’t carrying a life jacket. They stated he had the aspiration to at some point design his personal line of t-shirts and footwear.

That is the second drowning within the Meramec River previously month. Information 4 have contacted the Missouri visitors police to seek out out if steps will probably be taken to extend security alongside the Meramec River. Officers stated not a lot may be accomplished, aside from persevering with to encourage folks to put on a life jacket when swimming within the river.

Buddies are elevating cash to assist the Grigsby household with their bills. If you wish to contribute via their Meal train website or through the Kahok Soccer Booster Membership through PayPal (kahokafootballboosterclub@gmail.com) or Venmo (Kahok-FootballBoosterClub.)

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