EASTERN — A community is grieving after the sudden and unexpected loss of 16-year-old Allen Central High School student athlete Trey Aldrich.
Aldrich had recently obtained his license, and was headed into his junior year at ACHS. Principal Larry Begley called Aldrich “the finest young man I have ever had the opportunity to serve,” and thanked the community for their outpouring of support and prayers as his family, the school, and the community mourns.
Floyd County Coroner Greg Nelson says that the results of an autopsy on Wednesday, to determine the cause of death, are still pending further study.
Aldrich was a successful student athlete, as a pitcher and center fielder for Allen Central’s baseball team, and a wide receiver and defensive back for the Rebels football program. He was named as one of The Cats’ Pause 2014 Kentucky Football Yearbook Class A, District 8 “Players to Watch” list.
“Trey was a young man that was amazing to be around. He had a smile that would lift your spirits each time you saw it,” says ACHS football coach Jeremy Hall. “He was a unbelievable player to coach. Each time you told him something to do on the field, he would say, ‘Yes sir!’ and proceed to do exactly what you coached him to do—but with the athletic ability to make it look much better than the way that you had drawn it up to look like.”
“This year a locker room of coaches and players will be trying to do it the way Trey would, with determination, devotion and honor,” Hall added.
Allen Central High School will dismiss at noon on Friday, August 8. Funeral services for Jeffery Lee “Trey” Aldrich III will take place 3 p.m. Saturday, August 9, at Allen Central High School in Eastern.