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Community mourns loss of Allen Central student athlete

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

EASTERN, Ky. (WYMT) - Folks in Floyd County are dealing with the loss of an Allen Central High School football and baseball player.

Trey Aldrich, 16, died Tuesday morning.

Tuesday was the first day of school in Floyd County and Aldrich, a junior, was planning on driving to school for the first time since getting his license, Allen Central football coach Jeremy Hall said.

"If you were a teacher, you wanted him in class," Hall said. "If you were a coach, you wanted to coach him. If you were a dad, you wanted your son to grow up like Trey."

Aldrich was found dead at his home. The Floyd County coroner said he was not sure how Aldrich died, but an autopsy Wednesday should determine what happened.

"I've got a daughter that loved him to death," Hall said. "And he would never pass her up without saying 'hi' or smiling."

Timothy Walker, a senior football player, said, "Trey was probably the best, outspoken person with the biggest smile. He always put a smile on your face, no matter if you was down and out."

Trey also played baseball for the Rebels.

No player will wear Trey's number 15 during this upcoming football season, Hall said.

Players, coaches, parents and dozens of other community members met at AC's football field Tuesday night to plan how they want to honor Aldrich.

"We're going to win,” junior Chase Soler said. “We're going to focus and go 100 percent every play because that's how he was. No matter what, he'd always go 100 percent.”

Funeral arrangements had not been completed as of Tuesday night.

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