ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -
The start of summer is typically a time of celebration for students but that is not the case at Estill County High School. They're dealing with a tragedy. Tony Conley, 16 was just a freshman but he left a big impression.
"He was full of life and then immediately his life was gone. It's very disturbing," says Blain Click, the principal of Estill County High School.
Conley was playing with friends at an Estill County home when things went terribly wrong. The coroner says Conley put a steel cable around his neck while playing on the porch stairs. He believes Tony attempted to jump over the railing and was accidentally strangled.
"Well, an accident certainly like that happening is very shocking," adds Click.
Click says Tony was well-liked by just about everyone, "He was real fun-loving, always active, very big part of the football team."
"He really loved the game of football. He could have had a great future," says his former teammate Dustin Brunch.
"It's a lot different now since we don't have him. It's going to be a lot different," says Codey Lafountain, a teammate of Conley's.
There is now an emptiness on the Estill County High School football team, but Tony's teammates say they'll get through it together. They also say that he will always be part of their family.
"Once an engineer always an engineer," says Brunch.
Principal Click says they have plans to honor Tony Conley in some way on campus. In the past, the school has planted trees to memorialize other Estill County students who have passed.