“He had a heart of gold,” Family remembers Edmond teen killed in crash

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OKLAHOMA - An Oklahoma community is mourning the loss of young man.

Joshua Jones was killed Tuesday morning in a crash at Arcadia Lake.

It's an unimaginable loss for his family, but it's not the first time they've dealt with tragedy.

We’ve learned the teen’s dad also died in a tragic accident.

“He had a heart of gold,” said Josh’s grandfather, Earl Jones.

Josh was a vibrant young man, a good friend and a great soccer player.

The 16-year-old lost his life after crashing his car into Arcadia Lake Tuesday morning.

The 1973 Maverick was his prized possession.

It was a car he had just finished working on with his grandfather.

“We spent four weekends, me mostly supervising but helping him to learn, which is the same thing I'd done with his dad,” Earl said.

Earl said, as awful as this crash is, it's not the first tragedy for this family.

His son and Josh's dad also died too young.

He was killed in a plane crash back in August of 2004.

His concern now is for Josh's mom and brothers.

“How do you answer a young kid's questions?" Earl said. "‘I lost my dad, and now I lost my brother?’ I don't know how to answer that.”

“He was the type of kid every coach wants to have in their program,” said Edmond Memorial Head Soccer Coach Jeff Lovett.

It's believed the crash happened before 6 a.m. as Josh was headed to soccer practice.

Josh never made it.

His coach said they didn't know anything was wrong until a call came from Josh's mom.

“She saw there was a wreck by their house and she just wanted to make sure Josh made it to soccer okay that morning," Lovett said. "I told her he did not make it.”

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It was just before 10 a.m. an officer spotted Josh's car in the lake.

Why the teen went off the road is still unknown.

“I think he was being careful," Earl said. "I think he went across that bridge right there. I think there was black ice on it, and he wasn't speeding.”

This grandfather said he couldn't have asked for a better grandson.

“He'll be missed, deeply missed,” Earl said.

The funeral for Josh will be held Saturday, December 5 at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond.

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