MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A father of a teen killed in a Rutherford County car crash wrote a heartbreaking letter to his son, expressing his sorrow over losing him and his even deeper hope to one day see him again.
Ethan Economy died over the weekend when he and four of his high school friends crashed at the intersection of Dilton Mankin Road and Wilson Overall Road southeast of Murfreesboro.
The Economy family expressed their gratitude for the continued "support and prayers during this difficult time."
His father, Jimmy Economy, wrote the letter below and shared it with NewsChannel 5.
A father’s letter to his son...
Ethan, you are the greatest gift that god has given me. You came into my life when I needed you most. You made me become a man, taught me what love really is. I will miss you ever day, I will love you more every day, I will thank god every day for blessing me with you. I'm sorry if I ever hurt you, I'm sorry if I wasn't always there for you, I'm sorry that I didn't hold you in my arms every day.
You are a son, grandson, nephew and friend to every person you touched. They love you and miss you deeply. You are an amazing young man, thank you for every moment you gave me. Thank you for being the greatest big brother to Bennett and Porter, they love you more than anyone could know. You are their hero, you are their best friend.Thank you for loving Jessie like your mother, she is a better mom to Bennett and Porter because of you. Jessie loves you so much, life will never be the same without you here. I will hurt every day of my life but I will stand behind you and love everyone as you did. We have so many things to do, so many places to go, so many goals to accomplish.
I know you're with our Heavenly Father now and he will watch over you as you watch over us. I will be with you one day and I can't wait to hear everything you've done while we've been apart. I love you with all of my broken heart, I love you with all of my soul. I miss you buddy...I miss you so much.
Ethan was one of two teens who died in the crash. The three others were seriously injured and remained in the hospital.