HOUSTON – Just days after a historic win; Fort Bend Marshall has suffered a tragic loss.
Buffs senior defensive back Drew Conley was killed on Monday night in a domestic dispute.
According to a report by ABC13, Conley was involved in an argument with his uncle, who then allegedly shot him in the leg. In a most recent update, the uncle claimed self-defense. No charges have been filed at this time. Conley was driven to the hospital by his girlfriend, according to sources, where he later died from his injuries.
According to the report by ABC13, Conley had only lived with his aunt and uncle for a month but they were in the process of making him leave.
VYPE Magazine reached out to Fort Bend Marshall coach James Williams, who confirmed that Conley did pass away.
" All I can say is that Drew was a great kid and made a huge impact on our campus and on our team!," Williams said in a statement to KPRC Sports Director Randy Mcilvoy. "It's just really sad."
VYPE Magazine has confirmed with Fort Bend ISD Spokesperson Amanda Bubela that a student did pass away that did play on the football team. A crisis team has been dispatched to Fort Bend Marshall High School to support students and staff members while they process this. The crisis team also did meet with the football team.
At this point there have been no plans made for vigils at this time.
A letter was sent out to Fort Bend Marshall High School parents on Tuesday from PrincipalDr. Ogechi Uwaga-Sanders.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am writing to you today. 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.
Out of respect for the family, we will not be releasing further information or the identity of the student.
As our school processes this tragic news, we have had our counselors, along with MHS staff and District crisis personnel at our campus to offer counseling and bereavement support services to any students in need of support.
The death of a student is tragic and can bring many emotions that can be difficult to process. In addition to on-campus support, students may also call the District’s confidential helpline, TalkLine, at (281) 240-8255 (TALK), or text the word SPEAK to 741741 to be immediately connected to a crisis counselor. Both services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As always, I want to thank you for your continued support, especially during this difficult time.
Dr. Ogechi Uwaga-Sanders
An outpouring of grief was seen on social media on Tuesday morning as Fort Bend Marshall players received the news.
“The last thing we said was, ‘We did it. We broke the curse. Fifth round ain’t ready for us. Let’s go win state. I love you boy’,” Fort Bend Marshall wide receiver Korey King tweeted. “Last thing we ever said now you gone. Words can’t even explain what I’m feeling right now. Until we meet again, I love you forever my brother.”
Fort Bend Marshall quarterback Malik Hornsby, who joined the team this year also sent out his thoughts via social media.
“R.I.P to my brother @Drewconley27 12:11,” Hornsby tweeted from his personal account.
According to the team’s MaxPreps page, Conley played in six games this season for the Buffs. Conley had 38 tackles, four tackles for loss and averaged 6.3 tackles per game, one interception and two pass deflections.
"It's tough," Williams said to VYPE via text. "They will bond together and get through this!"
Fort Bend Marshall is scheduled to play Calallen this Friday in the UIL Class 5A Division II State Semifinal. The game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at San Antonio Dub Farris Stadium.
VYPE Magazine will continue to update this story as we get more details throughout the day.