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Hundreds attended the funeral for Conner Weeks

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email 

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It has been almost a week since 18-year-old Conner Weeks was accidentally shot and killed by one of his best friends, and Thursday those who knew and loved Conner said their final goodbyes.

Besides the music from a solo guitarist, the only sound to be heard at the funeral for Conner Weeks was sobbing from the hundreds of friends and family members that packed Cascade Hills Church.

"They said a lot of great things, it was really touching. It really got to me and it was a great funeral for him. He would have loved it," said one of Conner's friends, Justin Stapler.

Conner's cousin shared an essay Conner had written about his life, "I hope to be a Major League Baseball player when I grow up. I hope to have one of those World Series rings, it would be my most prized possession. I want to have a family one day. It would consist of a great wife and two or three of the best children."

Conner's father is a Columbus firefighter, and his work family also attended the service. Chief Ricky Shores told News Leader 9, "It's difficult for anyone to understand what the Weeks family, and any family involved with this, feels right now. I can tell you, as far as the Fire Department, we're a family and they've always been there for each other in times of need and we'll be there for our brothers as we get through this."

When it was time to say their final goodbyes, Conner's father stood up and thanked everyone for their unconditional support during this tragedy, "The love you have shown my child means the world to us and we want to thank you for it."

Then one of the boys charged in the accidental death had to help carry his best friend's coffin to Conner's final resting place.

Conner was buried at Parkhill Cemetery.


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