SHELTON, Conn. — The Shelton High baseball coach said the school is mourning the death of Edmund Conklin, 17, a senior and star athlete who was killed in a rollover crash early Sunday morning, according to the Connecticut Post.
Conklin was thrown from his car in a crash at 4:45 a.m. on Bridgeport Avenue and died later of his injuries at Bridgeport Hospital, police said.
The crash was between Crown Point Plaza and Long Hill Cross Roads, police said.
Coach Scott Gura said the entire school was in mourning for Conklin, who stood 6-foot-6 and played two years of baseball and four years of basketball at Shelton High, the Post said.
The Shelton Police Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and was investigating the crash, police said. No further details were released by police.
The Shelton High School crisis team was set up and offered counseling and other services to students on Monday, Superintendent Chris Clouet said in a statement.
"Sadly, I must communicate with all of you that a young man, a senior at Shelton High School, died today as a result of a car accident. More details will be forthcoming," Clouet said.
"First and foremost, this is a family tragedy; secondly, a shock to the entire school community. For Shelton High School students, support will be available at the high school. Please hold this young man in your thoughts and prayers."
Conklin, known as Eddy, lived on Gray Street near Shelton’s border with Monroe.
According to the obituary information from the funeral home, Edmund Tyler Conklin was born in New Haven on June 6, 1998, the son of Edmund M. and Barbara (Wiedmeyer) Conklin.
He was a member of Shelton High School Class of 2016. He was a varsity basketball player and also played JV baseball.
Eddy enjoyed playing “Call of Duty,” was a daredevil and had a great sense of humor. He also loved fishing and all outdoor activities.
He is also survived by his sister, Ashley Conklin; grandfather Edmund J. Conklin; his Great Aunt Dottie; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Calling hours will be Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton. On Saturday, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave., Shelton. Burial will be private in Lawn Cemetery in the spring.
At the request of his family, memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are requested to The Eddy Conklin Scholarship Fund to benefit students at Shelton High School, ℅ 120 Meadow St., Shelton, CT 06484, or through the funeral home. Offer online condolences to his family at www.riverviewfh.com.
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