He had a heart for children. He was a goof...The kids loved him.
— Sylvia Amatangelo, biblical counselor at Life Spring Community Church
Long, an English teacher at Oaks Christian School, was on the way home from his mother's funeral. His wife and son were also hurt in the crash, but less seriously. When word spread that the popular teacher was in critical condition, students, parents and friends came together and prayed. The varsity football team, already on the field Friday night, dedicated their game to him.
Keep in mind
- The Times initially mispelled the name of Michael Hammersley and Beverly Mosley.
- The coroner's office reported a 26th victim the afternoon of Sept. 15, but a few hours later said the tally was 25.