Central football team rallies behind player whose brother has died
The Phoenix Central High School football team have been focused on junior wide receiver Quintin Conley since Friday’s tragic news.
After Quintin’s spring football scrum, his 14-year-old brother Quortez Conley, on his way home from the scrum, was fatally stabbed by a 30-year-old woman during a brawl at a Valley Metro streetcar stop.
Quintin is not ready to speak publicly about the pain of losing his brother.
But center coach Chandler Hovik said the team was there for him and his family.
A car wash will be held outside Central High School between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday to raise funds to help cover costs, Hovik said.
Already, in early Thursday afternoon, more than $ 12,500 had been raised through a GoFundMe by his mother, Edna Crosby, so that her son could be airlifted to Michigan for his funeral.
Quortez was expected to compete for varsity playing time as a rookie next footballing season at Central, joining his brother, a top receiver, in the squad.
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“Quortez was a special child,” Hovik said. “He was still laughing, making people laugh, just a burst of energy.”
Hovik posted a video of Quintin catching and back flipping the field during spring soccer practice last Friday, with the comment: “He will see his brother look down on him from now on and make him proud. . “
“Our season will be dedicated to (Quortez) and his family,” Hovik said.
Hovik said Quintin had been “really strong through it all”.
“Just a devastating tragedy for the family and the community,” Hovik said.
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