Edina teen remembered as hard worker by coaches

Logan Allen
Posted: Jul. 10, 2013 5:26 pm Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 6:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

EDINA, Mo. -- When Michael O'Haver left for an out-of-state trip a few weeks ago he didn't worry about the Knox County High School baseball field being in good shape when he returned.

O'Haver left freshman Logan Allen in charge of keeping the Eagles' home field looking good while he was away.

"He went out there and worked on the field by himself," O'Haver said. "He enjoyed it and often call and asked me if there is anything else that he could do."

Logan, 15, died early Wednesday morning at University Hospital in Columbia as the result of a gunshot wound. He was shot in the back of the head around 2 p.m. Tuesday at a home on West Jackson Street in Edina. He was airlifted to the Columbia hospital.

The incident is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control. Investigators have not released any information about the incident.

O'Haver and Zach Summers, who is Knox County's boys basketball coach, both described Logan as a hard worker who tried to please his coaches. Logan played on the varsity baseball team this spring and was a member of the junior varsity basketball team last winter.

"He was always looking to see what he could do to please you," Summers said. "He always came up to me and asked me what I thought of practice. He always wanted to please. That's one of the biggest things I took away from knowing him. He worked very hard for us."

O'Haver, who just finished his second season as the school's varsity baseball coach, said Logan had a special love for baseball.

"He definitely was dedicated to baseball," O'Haver said. "Logan started every junior varsity game and then got to play some varsity innings. He played a good, solid outfield whenever I put him out there. He always did a good job for us."

Summers said Logan's death will have an effect on the entire Knox County community.

"When something like this happens, it affects the whole school system," said Summers, a physical education and health teacher. "There's not a person in our school who didn't know who he was. It really affects the entire Edina and Knox County community.

"It's will be a devastating thing for a lot of people for awhile. Us teachers and coaches will need to make sure we talk to the kids."

Several grief counselors from Kirksville were made available to community members on Wednesday afternoon at the Retreat Center north of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Edina.

Funeral arrangements are pending. The Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina is handling the arrangements.