May 20, 2013 9:29 PM by Josh Breslow
The family of an Estill County High School football player killed in a "freak accident" says the overwhelming community support has been a blessing.
16-year-old Tony Conley died Friday at a home on Geneva Avenue when the coroner says Tony had a dog lead cable around his neck and either fell or tripped.
"Being on TV, he would have loved it. It's just unfortunate that it's the wrong way that he's there," Tony's sister, Ashley Holsenbeck told LEX 18 on Monday, as she fought back tears.
Holsenbeck didn't want to show her face. She just wanted to say "thank you" for the several thousand dollars collected for funeral costs and a headstone, as well as for the donation of a burial plot, and for everything the community, including Tony's teachers and fellow players, have done to help.
"He would have loved seeing everyone pour together and know that he was so special and that he impacted so many lives for everyone to just come together and do this stuff for him," Holsenbeck said. "It means the world to me. I mean, that's all you'd want. Your hope in something like this is to make sure that everything is the way that he would want it and the way that he would want to be remembered and everything is falling into place the way that it should be."
Visitation for Conley will be at Estill County High School from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and again Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Estill County High School football field.
Donations can be made to the family through the Estill County Booster Club.