Volleyball tournament held in memory of 5191 crash victim

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Dozens of competitors met on the volleyball court Sunday to remember and honor a loved one, lost nearly eight years ago.

Fenton Dawson was one of 49 killed when Comair Flight 5191 crashed at Blue Grass Airport shortly after takeoff in 2006.

Dawson loved volleyball, and since his death, his family and friends have held a tournament in his name.

"It's just a good way to honor, and celebrate, and remember him," Stephanie Clark, an event organizer says, "And a good way to have friends and family come out, share stories, and keep his memory alive."

Stephanie Clark says Fenton Dawson was a friend she considered family.

Nearly eight years since his death, she continues to honor his life through one of the sports he loved - volleyball. The memorial volleyball tournament held in his name has grown steadily every year.

"His family is here, his wife, his mother, his brother, his sisters, extended family, his children and with having so many people here and telling stories and sharing thoughts and memories they get exposed to things that they may not have otherwise heard," Clark says, "he was such a big part of all of our lives and I think obviously from the overwhelming crowd here that continues to come out and support the tournament and us as friends and family, it's a true testament to what kind of person he was," Clark says. "Losing a friend never gets any easier, but turning it into something that is such a benefit, and such a happy day and way to celebrate him definitely helps."

After the tournament, organizers always make a donation to a school's volleyball team. This year, they're giving $1,000 to the Tates Creek volleyball team.

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