So close to home, teen dies driving back from fundraiser

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A family is preparing for the funeral of a Louisburg teen killed in a car wreck this weekend.

Greg Gentry said he has been floored by the show of support for his family after his nephew Auston McLellan passed away.  Hundreds of people showed up to the Louisburg High School football stadium for a vigil Sunday night.

"To see the show of support and all the candles around the track you know it took my breath away," Gentry said.

It is a fitting place to hold the vigil because Auston would've been the starting quarterback for the Wildcats this year.

"Auston's mentality is to never quit. He never was the biggest guy, but he would never back down he would never say no to a challenge," Gentry said.

He said his 17-year-old nephew would also never say no to helping others.  In fact, Gentry said his nephew was coming home from a school fundraiser when the drive took a nasty turn.

"They were doing a poker tournament at a close by town and you know, he was on his way home. Just so close to home," Gentry said.

Gentry said just about a mile. The Miami County Sheriff's Office said Auston passed another car on Metcalf Rd. near 271st Street.  But deputies said he then lost control, driving into a ditch and smashing into a power pole. Auston was ejected.

"You know you ask yourself all the questions, what ifs, why's, you can't really expect a comforting answer," Gentry said.

Gentry said what will comfort them now, is thinking of how Auston lived his short life.  He said Auston lived it with laughter, generosity, a little spunk, and a great attitude.

"It's instilled in me and my family. Just a new way of thinking a new way to approach life, and were going to miss him," Gentry said.

The family said there will be a public funeral service for Auston on Thursday at 7 p.m.  It will be at the high school football field in Louisburg, Kan.   The family said they have also set up a fund for Auston at U.S. Bank under the Auston T. McLellan memorial fund.

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