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Fort Bend Marshall football player shot, killed by uncle, police say

Just days after earning a trip to the Class 5A state semifinals, the Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos are mourning the loss of Drew Conley, one of their star players.

HOUSTON — HOUSTON – The teen who was shot and killed during a family argument late Monday night has been identified as 17-year-old Drew Conley.

Conley was a defensive back for the Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos.

His death send shock waves through the community just days after the team earned a trip to the state semifinals.

Police say Conley was shot by his uncle just before midnight Monday in the 6800 block of River Bluff Drive in southwest Houston.

He was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg but doctors couldn't save him.

The uncle, whose name hasn't been released, was taken into custody.

Marshall High School sent a letter home to parents Tuesday afternoon that reads:

"Dear Marshall High School Family,

"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am writing to you today. Today, we learned that one of our students unexpectedly passed away overnight. Our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our MHS student. I ask that you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

"Out of respect for the family, we will not be releasing further information or the identity of the student.

As our school processes this tragic news, we have had our counselors, along with MHS staff and District crisis personnel at our campus to offer counseling and bereavement support services to any students in need of support.

"The death of a student is tragic and can bring many emotions that can be difficult to process. In addition to on-campus support, students may also call the District’s confidential helpline, TalkLine, at (281) 240-8255 (TALK), or text the word SPEAK to 741741 to be immediately connected to a crisis counselor. Both services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

"As always, I want to thank you for your continued support, especially during this difficult time.


Dr. Ogechi Uwaga-Sanders


The Buffs are scheduled to play Corpus Christi Calallen on Friday. The team and teammates tweeted Tuesday about Conley's death.