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Shawnee Mission West Viking Andre Maloney scores his final touchdown

From Overland Park, Kansas

     It was a 63-yard touchdown pass to Andre Maloney.  No big deal if you follow high school football in Kansas City. But Friday’s touchdown was the last for this Shawnee Mission West Viking.

    Untouched while headed for the touchdown, “Dre” as he was affectionately called, immediately wandered to the sidelines and suffered a stroke as he reached for his water bottle.  At, 18, Maloney lost his life.

     Maloney, a senior at the school,  scored 10 touchdowns last year, en route to helping his Shawnee Mission West Vikings win the 6A state championship game last year. Andre was a three year starter and he had committed to play football for the Kansas University Jayhawks next year,

     "We are absolutely devastated by the news of the passing of Andre Maloney,” said KU's Coach Charlie Weiss.  “Our hearts are broken at the loss of such an outstanding young man." 

     Andre was far from being just a great football player, he also excelled on the basketball court and in track. He was also a popular student . Andre was well known for making others smile. Students say it was easy to root for him.

     He was exceptionally comfortable being at the center of a circle of friends, laughing, joking, and telling stories. He always had plenty of stories to share. Just two weeks ago, he was featured as channel 9's "player of the week.

     A candlelight vigil will be held at Shawnee Mission West, Sunday at 6 pm. Visitation for Andre Maloney will be held from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 8311 W. 93rd St. in Overland Park. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross. Arrangements by McGilley and Hoge Memorial Chapel.

     The Maloney family issued a statement, expressing gratitude for “ thoughts, and prayers of family, friends, and the community,” but also seeks respect for their privacy at this difficult time.

Marcus Austin

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