SMYRNA, Tennessee- Mid TN Volleyball Club and The Town of Smyrna are pleased to support The Light Up the Night for Janae Edmondson Benefit on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 beginning at 6pm at Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center.
The benefit will honor Janae Edmondson a student at Smyrna High School and a member of the Mid TN Volleyball Club that was critically injured last month in St. Louis. “We are thankful to report that her condition, though serious, is now stable. We at MIDTN Volleyball Club are asking our community to pray for Janae, her family and teammates” noted Rhonda Ross, Mid TN Club Director. Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed stated, “Janae is facing a long road to recovery and we want to sustain her through her journey. I encourage our community to attend the benefit and continue to support Janae and her family during this time.
On April 5th we encourage supporters to wear purple and businesses in the area to light their business in purple in support of Janae. Please share a photo on social media using the hashtag #LightUptheNight4Janae.
Event: Light Up the Night - Benefit for Janae Edmondson
Location: Murphy Center at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro
UPDATE on the CRIMINAL PROCEEDING - 17-Year-old Edmondson was seriously injured on February 18, 2023 while visiting St. Louis, Missouri for a volleyball tournament. She and her parents were walking back to their hotel when an SUV wrecked, causing the teen to be pinned between two vehicles. As a result of the crash and the devastating injuries that Edmondson received, doctors had to amputate both of her legs.
Suspect Daniel Riley was on bond when the crash occurred. At the time, the 21-year-old was under GPS monitoring for a 2020 robbery case. Apparently, he had more than 10-previous GPS monitoring violations when he was arrested for critically injuring Edmondson.
9-Days after the collision, a detention hearing was held for Riley in a St. Louis courtroom. Edmondsons' parents spoke before the court stating their daughter agreed to a volleyball scholarship to attend UT Southern prior to the incident. During that hearing, the courts ordered Riley to remain behind bars.
Riley is currently facing two counts of Assault in the 4th Degree, one count of Assault in the 2nd Degree, Armed Criminal Action and Operating a Vehicle on a Highway Without a Valid License. A trial date has been set for April 3, 2023. The suspect will have to remain behind bars until trial.
Previous News Articles on Edmondson:
- UT Southern to Honor Scholarship for Janae Edmondson
- Smyrna High School Senior Badly Injured in Out of State Accident