Pekin Teammates Remember Honan

By Nick Perreault

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 11:38 PM CDT

The tragic accident on I-74 that took two young lives this weekend continues to bring communities throughout Central Illinois together.

Today, at St. Joseph's Church in Pekin family and friends gathered to say good-bye to Michael Honan, the Tremont Senior who died in the crash

"He's easily one of the funniest guys I knew," said Former Pekin Teammate, Dru Justice.

"He brightened everyone's day, no matter what was going wrong or what had gone wrong, he was always good for laughs," said Former Pekin Teammate, Beau Barnes.

Long lines formed early and often outside the Church in Pekin for those individuals wishing to pay tribute to Michael Honan.

Michael Honan's visitation provided a chance for many to pay their respects, and for some of Mike's closest friends, it provided a chance for closure.

"I had envisioned lowering him into the ground with his jersey on top," Barnes said.
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Honan was enrolled at Pekin High School his freshman and sophomore year before transferring to Tremont. His former Pekin teammates wanted to show their support for their longtime friend by signing his old jerseys and presenting one to the family and placing one alongside him.

"Why do that....We love him, he's been our teammate since we where in the 6th grade, we're a family," Barnes said.

"I feel like thats a part of us thats going with him, and I think the signing of the jerseys, is closure for us and the family," Justice said.

Members of the football team even raised $500 to fly Mike's friend, Kurtis Myers from Mississippi in, so he could say his goodbyes.

"I'm going to miss his laugh, he just made everyone around him so happy all the time and he is just a great guy to be around," Myers said.

The act by the Pekin football team is just one example of how mike's friends and family are coping with the loss of a friend and loved one.

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