Classmates and peers participate in a vigil at Coffey Stadium in Conner McGowan’s honor, several nights after his death.
Photo by “Ram Snaps”
After a tragic accident the afternoon of July 9, 17-year-old Conner McGowan of Burke died overnight from injuries in the car crash. Two other teenagers were injured.
McGowan was an active member of the Robinson Secondary School community, participating in Student Government and a playing on the Robinson Lacrosse team. He is thought of as always making everyone smile and being a supportive friend.
“Conner was my best friend and a brother to me,” says 15-year-old Andrew Orellana from Robinson Secondary School. “He was a teacher and leader. He was the most confident man I have ever met, but at the same time he was kind and loving. The type of man you would always want on your side. I’ll remember every memory we ever made and treasure them. The good times we had will forever be in my heart. He’ll live with me forever and I will love him forever.”
Members of Robinson Secondary School honored Conner several nights after his death with a vigil on the Robinson Secondary Coffey Stadium Field, where Conner played lacrosse. The vigil brought together many of his friends and classmates.
Posts on social media circulate to honor Conner and everyone he touched. His close friends lovingly referred to him as “C-Money” or “C$”. Students posted on social media their thoughts and prayers, as well as expressed appreciation for their friendships with Conner.
On Wednesday, July 18, the Robinson Student Government Association hosted a letter writing for Conner for those affected, as well as for Ethan Willison, who was injured in the same car crash.
Students who were close to Conner also visited the site of the crash and built a memorial for him, leaving flowers, letters and lacrosse balls with thoughts and prayers.