A high school football player in Houston died in a domestic dispute on Monday (December 10) night. Drew Conley, a football player at Fort Bend Marshall High School, was shot and killed by his uncle days before his team was set to play in the state semifinals. Here’s what you need to know about the teen’s tragic death.
He Was Killed by His Uncle
According to police, Drew Conley, 17, was shot around 11:45 p.m. Monday in the 6900 block of River Bluff Drive in southwest Houston. An argument between the teen and his uncle reportedly escalated to Conley’s fatal shooting.
Houston Police Department officials said Conley had been living with his aunt and uncle for a month. They were in the process of getting him to move out.
The argument allegedly began during a phone conversation. When Conley came to the house, things got worse, with Conley and his uncle exchanging threats.
Police said when Conley went to his room, his uncle followed him and shot him in the leg. Conley’s girlfriend took him to the hospital where he eventually died of his injuries, reports say.
Conley’s uncle was taken into custody and is reportedly cooperating with authorities. His uncle claimed he feared for his life when he shot the teen in the leg.
No charges have been filed yet, and the case has been sent to a grand jury.
He Was a Football Player
Conley played football on the Fort Bend Marshall High School varsity team. He played safety for the team, which is scheduled to play the Class 5A Division I semifinal game against Corpus Christi Calallen in San Antonio on December 14.
He played his final game last week against Huntsville High School. The Marshall Buffs won 47-43 in a dramatic game where Conley recorded five tackles, including four solo.
Conley was set to graduate from Fort Bend Marshall in 2019. He apparently also played at Summer Creek High School from 2016 to 2018 and was a track and field athlete at his previous school.
His Teammates Will Pay Tribute to Him
Conley’s death has sent shock waves through the Fort Bend Marshall community. The school issued a statement to parents of students on his death that read: “Today, we learned that one of our students unexpectedly passed away overnight. Our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our MHS student. I ask that you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Tough day for the MBlock Family. Thanks for every call, text, tweet, snap, Facebook and Instagram post. They have provided the comfort and encouragement needed in this time of tragic loss. Rest well, @DrewConley27.
We will miss you. #Remember3 #DR3W pic.twitter.com/2jl8kZum7W
— Marshall Buffalos (@MarshallBuffs) December 12, 2018
The letter further stated that counseling will be provided for the grief-stricken students if needed.
The Buffs’ head coach, James Williams, said that Drew Conley “was a great kid and made a huge impact on this campus.”
Conley wore a No. 3 jersey while playing for the Buffs. The team’s Twitter handle tweeted “Remember 3” as a tribute to him.
His grieving teammates will wear a No. 3 on their helmets in Conley’s memory during Friday’s game. Other members of the Texas high school football community will also pay tribute to the young player, with the Buffs’ opponents, the Calallen Wildcats, also confirming they will sport Conley’s number on their helmets.