“She held his head and talked to him until the ambulance was there,” Debbie Sneed said. “She tried to keep him breathing, but there were three broken bones in his neck. He was taken to Wishard.”
Sneed lived for 36 hours in a deep coma.
“In that 36 hours, probably 130 people came to see him at the Wishard ICU,” she said. “When he passed, there were 35 family members in the room praying and singing with him.
“Matthew was the third child of three. He was a sweetheart but did get in with the wrong crowd when he was about 15. He had really turned his life around and had touched so many people in his life.”
His brother, Gary Sneed II, was able to make it to Indiana from his Colorado home to spend the last 12 hours with his brother before he died.
“They had lived so far away for 12 years that we would only see him about once a year,” Debbie Sneed said. “Since then, they’ve moved back here.”
During the visitation, there was a two and a half hour line of people waiting to view the closed casket. The funeral was also heavily attended.
“There was a line of cars to the cemetery about three miles long,” Sneed said. “If you knew him, you loved him. We still miss him every second of every day. He really did touch a lot of lives.”
Matthew Sneed has two sons — Loagin Matthew Sneed, 15, and James Allen Sneed, who recently celebrated his first birthday.
“He still knows his daddy,” Debbie Sneed said. “He loves to look at his picture and kiss it.”
His mother, Veronica Lopez, was engaged to Matthew Sneed and they were to be married June 30.
The goal is to help pay for funeral costs, the headstone, and some other bills for the family.