The Lillards’ eight month old son, Isaac, was in the house and unharmed. The couple had been married for two years, according to the Times.

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Molly Lillard, one of four children in the Toon family, grew up in Middleton, a suburb of Madison. Her high school volleyball team won 60 consecutive conference games between 2005 and 2009. She then played in Michigan, where she was recognized as a letter winner for four years and received the “All-American Honors” award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association in 2013.

The news of her death stunned the community where Al and Jane Toon are known, along with their son Nick and other daughters Sydney and Kirby, as well as Molly’s former teammates. Lexi Awotwi, a former teammate in Michigan, set up a Go Fund Me account on behalf of the Toon family to “financially support Baby Isaac in his transitions to be cared for by him [Molly’s] Sister Kirby and her husband Michael. “

The account was created, Avotwi wrote, because “Molly loved her little boy so much and would have wanted him to be supported in every possible way.”

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A former high school volleyball teammate described her “absolute shock” on the news. “Molly was such a good person, such a light in this world,” Laura McGinnis Wilkinson told the Times. “It feels like things like this shouldn’t happen to good people. …

“I really looked up to Molly on and off the pitch. On the court, I’ll remember Molly most of all as she was such a strong leader, so mature, tough and inspiring. She could shake it all off and push us all to do our best. Outside of the court, she was so carefree, had an infectious energy and an infectious laugh, and worked so hard on everything she did. “

Franco Marcos, Lillard’s former high school coach, recalled that Lillard “was definitely a very aggressive player and very determined. Her attitude was to bring me the ball and she knew what to do with it. When it was noon, she wanted the ball.

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“When I found out [about her death Monday]I didn’t do much for about 90 minutes. It’s just so sad. You start to think about the family left behind. “

Al Toon was a Jets first round draft pick, 10th overall, from Wisconsin in 1985, and he spent his eight-year NFL career with the team.

“She was a great student at MHS,” Brad Rogeberg, a Michigan football assistant who taught Molly Lillard on a strength training class, told The Times. “Her smile was electrifying. She has always been positive and my heart goes out to the Toon family. “