Sept. 11-12, 2012: Te'o's grandmother dies in
Hawaii. Later, Kekua dies in California. Or is it the other way around?
"Te'o's girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, died Sept. 11 of complications from
leukemia. His grandma, Annette Santiago, died after a long illness less
than 24 hours later," according to the Sept. 22 South Bend Tribune. No, Annette dies first, according to the Oct. 12 South Bend Tribune. In fact, Lennay lives long enough to express condolences over the death of Annette:
than 48 hours later [after Lennay's release from the hospital], at 4
a.m. Hawaii time, Kekua sent a text to Brian and Ottilia, expressing her
condolences over the passing of Ottilia's mom, Annette Santiago, just
Brian awakened three hours later, saw the text, and
sent one back. There was no response. A couple of hours later, Manti
called his parents, his heart in pieces.
Lennay Kekua had died.
Or does Kekua die three days later (New York Post)? Four days (ESPN, CBS)?
In any case, according to Te'o's interview with Gene Wojciechowski in a segment aired during the Oct. 6 episode of College GameDay, Lennay's last words to Te'o were "I love you."
Sept. 12, 2012 (morning): Te'o is informed of his grandmother's passing (Sports Illustrated).
Sept. 12, 2012 (afternoon): Te'o is informed of Kekua's passing by her older brother, Koa (Sports Illustrated).
Sept. 15, 2012: Te'o records 12 tackles in leading the Irish to an upset win over Michigan State.
Sept. 22, 2012:
Kekua's funeral takes place in Carson, Calif. (The Associated Press
puts it in "Carson City, Calif.," which does not exist.) Te'o skips the
funeral, saying Kekua had insisted that he not miss a game (Los Angeles Times). Her casket is closed at 9 a.m. Pacific time, according to Te'o.
That night, Notre Dame beats Michigan, 13-6, to go to 4-0, the school's
best start in a decade. Te'o intercepts two passes. After the game, he
says of Lennay: "All she wanted was some white roses. So I sent her
roses and sent her two picks along with that." Notre Dame head coach
Brian Kelly awards the game ball to Lennay Kekua, handing it to Te'o to
"take back to Hawaii."