Coronado High School students playing pranks on each other stumbled onto a 30-year-old tragedy.
It all started when a couple students playing tennis in Bear Creek Regional Park on the southwest side of Colorado Springs found a steel sculpture of a boy named “Eddie.” They discovered that when they flashed their headlights on the sculpture at night, it looked spooky in the dust of the gravel parking lot.
So they created a “ghost story” and brought friends to see the sculpture at night. They were shocked to learn “Eddie” was the 5-year-old son of Ed and Gwen Rudolph. Here is a 1979 photo of Eddie.
Eddie was killed in a tragic car-train wreck in 1979 and his parents erected the sculpture and commissioned a playground in Bear Creek as a memorial.