For Reid, his wife Tammy, and their four surviving children, there can be nothing but bottomless wells of heartfelt sympathy. Nothing can be said to alleviate the pain and heartbreak that will live with Andy Reid and his family the rest of their lives, and nothing can change what happened in that dorm room Sunday morning.
The Reid family will have to find their way forward, helped by their strong ties of faith, friendship and community.Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman, looking absolutely stricken, delivered the news to a somber gathering of media Sunday morning. The Eagles’ players held a team prayer before the morning walk-through practice and although not allowed to speak to the media, many issued, through Twitter, notices of their feelings and sympathy.
The Reid family has struggled with difficult times in the recent past.
It is true that Garrett Reid, along with his brother Britt, had a long and public struggle with drug addiction that led to arrests, felony convictions and jail time in 2007 and 2008.
That said, it is not acceptable to jump to the conclusion that Garrett Reid died Sunday because of a drug overdose, a bad drug, or other chemical factors.