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Resource ID: #16792
Subject: Crime
Source: New Jersey Monthly
Date: 2024-07-27


Doug Most investigates the bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Ed "Huff" Kotwica, a high school football and basketball coach at Garfield High School in Garfield, N.J. Kotwica, who once coached New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, was a town icon, respected by nearly everyone in the community. However, area law enforcement agencies got wind of a rumor that he had criminal sexual contact with two female players on the girls' basketball team. Following a quick investigation, he was arrested by Garfield police and spent a night in jail. Upon his release the next morning, Kotwica went home and waited for his wife to bring him some breakfast. In the meantime, he went walking on the railroad tracks in town and was hit by an oncoming train. Local authorities have ruled his death a suicide, saying that he was so upset about being caught -- or labeled -- as a criminal that he killed himself. However, many locals are saying there is no way that Kotwica would kill himself or have inappropriate contact with his female players. They claim that Kotwica, who had diabetes, went into hypoglycemic shock while he was walking along the tracks and fell into the oncoming train. While he was in jail, Kotwica did not receive his diabetes medicine or any food to eat.

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