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Shaw High School students cope with the loss of Conner Weeks

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By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email 

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Students at both Hardaway and Shaw High Schools are having to cope, not only with the fact that two of their classmates have been arrested in relation to an accidental shooting, but one of their close friends, Conner Weeks, has passed away.

Earlier this week Conner's classmates talked with grief counselors, and they have been supporting each other during the mourning process. Now the students are banding together to show the community just how much their friend will be missed.

"We're a Raider family and I'm very proud of the kids and how they responded. They pulled together, supported one another, faculty has supported students, students have supported faculty members. We've been one big family and we lost a member of that family and together we're working through it," explained Principal of Shaw High School, Michael Barden.

Conner Weeks spent his first three years of high school at Hardaway. For his senior year he transferred to Shaw, and even though he was a new kid, Barden says he had already gotten involved in the Raider family, "Conner was a great kid. He always had a smile on his face. I had a conversation with him a week ago and he was excited about being a Shaw Raider, he was excited about his senior year and he was very excited about this year's baseball season."

Students are leaning on each other for support during these hard times, while at the same time trying to cope with the loss of this young life.

Chris Joyner played sports with Conner while they were growing up. He told News Leader Nine, "I can't believe this is happening. I hung out with him Friday and I didn't believe all this was happening. I went straight to the hospital to try and see him and I couldn't believe it."

Those who knew Conner say not only did he make a lasting impact at the school, but he developed several lasting friendships with his classmates.

Denver Robles, who has been a close friend of Conner's for years, added, "He was an all around good guy. For people that didn't know him, he was someone you'll regret never meeting because everything about him was so good."

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