Friends Remember Harper and Greiner

by Katie Jeffries on November 25, 2009

Families and friends are mourning the loss of Cory Harper and Beau Greiner after they were killed in an accident Tuesday on Dietz Lane in Zanesville.

Those who knew Beau and Cory say they their jaws dropped when they heard the news.
"When I found out about it I was just in shock, like I couldn’t even believe it," says Alex Grenawald, a friend of Beau Greiner.

Troopers say Cory and Beau were traveling down Dietz Lane in Cory’s Honda Civic when the car traveled off the right side of the roadway.  Troopers say Cory then overcorrected and crossed the center line and hit a Trailblazer head on.

The death of the two boys has left a gaping hold in the hearts of those who knew them. Todd Whiteman, Principal at Foxfire, says Beau had the unique ability to make everyone around him laugh.

"He was the most liked kid we had by students and the staff.  He had a great outlook on life, he had this deviant little smile that he embraced everyday," says Whiteman.

"Whenever somebody needed help with an assignment or anything he would try his best to help them. Whenever somebody needed help with family problems or something he would always be there emotionally and mentally,"  says Grenawald.

Friends say Cory was a good person, who respected other people.

"He was one of those crazy kids who would do about anything, just kick it and have a good time with you, fun to be around…as soon as this stuff happened you could see people on facebook like 50 or 60 people putting things up for him. He will be missed big," says Andrew Brewer, who played baseball at Philo High School with Cory.

Facebook groups have already been created in their memory and have more than 1,000 members combined. Many left messages giving condolences to the families and saying the boys will be dearly missed,  While their lives have been cut short, the impact they have made on those around them will never be forgotten.

"We sat together in a few of our classes and it is going to be weird not seeing him," tells Grenawald.

The principal at Philo High School says he will have counselors available if students need to speak with someone.  Whiteman says Foxfire will grant Beau’s diploma posthumously at graduation. 


Katie Jeffries