Tears, memories at vigil for high school football player

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Friends held candles and remembered the light brought into their school and lives by Andre Maloney, the 17-year-old Shawnee Mission West High School football player who died Friday after suffering a stroke during a football game.

"He was a good leader and he had a great personality and he always had a
smile on his face," said Shawnee Mission West football coach Tim Callaghan. "And he really never gave up on anything and that's what made him the leader that he was. He didn't have to say a whole lot. he was just a kid who gave his heart and soul into everything he did."

The vigil was held at the school at 6 p.m. Sunday evening. Fellow team members wore their jerseys to remember their friend and the star player who had verbally committed to play for the University of Kansas when he graduated from SMW.

Visitation and funeral arrangements have also been announced.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 7-10 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Cross, 8311 W. 93rd St. in Overland Park.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. also at Holly Cross.

Andre Maloney was a wide receiver and had just made a touchdown, when he stumbled to the sideline and collapsed.  At first, many suspected Maloney was dehydrated when he reported feeling light-headed at the and game between Shawnee Mission West and Leavenworth West.

He was taken by ambulance to Research Medical Center in Kansas City on Thursday where it was determined he had suffered a stroke. Maloney underwent surgery to remove a blood clot, but died on Friday.

A memorial fund was established by Don Perkins, athletic director at the school, to help Andre’s family.

Make checks payable to Andre Maloney Memorial Fund and be dropped off at any Community America locations.

T-shirts are also being sold by fellow students to raise money for the family. To find out more about the t-shirt orders, contact mrb910@gmail.com.

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