Community mourns West Valley High student
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The community continues to mourn a West Valley High School teen that died in an accident at an Idaho corn maze on Friday night. Jeremy T. McSpadden was playing the part of a zombie at the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser when he was accidentally run over by a bus.
“We’re trying to figure out why and how this happened,” Andrea Parrish, the victim’s cousin said. “He was only 18. He had so much to live for.”
Parrish said she found out about McSpadden’s death from her mom just shortly after it happened. McSpadden played the part of a zombie in the Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus attraction. When he emerged from his hiding spot, he tripped and fell in front of the moving bus, killing him instantly.
“I was in shock,” Parrish said. “I asked her, ‘Are you joking with me?’ And she said, ‘No.'”
McSpadden was a senior at West Valley High School and was involved in baseball, many honors classes and after-school activities.
“He was a really nice personality and everybody related to him in some parts,” Principal John Custer said. “It impacts a lot of students.”
Custer said he’s had an influx of calls since the news got out of McSpadden’s death. He has no doubt that it will be a tough day on Monday for many students when they return to classes and McSpadden isn’t there.
“There’s probably not a group that he didn’t associate with and have a good relationship with,” Custer said.
Custer adds that his death not only affects the school, but the entire community, a statement that Parrish agrees with.
“My cousin is amazing,” Parrish said. “He’s touched so many lives and now that he’s gone, more lives are coming in and they’re hurt.”
West Valley High School will bring in a crisis team on Monday for students who need support during this difficult time.