Gatesville: Community raises thousands for teen killed in crash

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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) The Gatesville community came together at an auction on Jan. 13 to raise nearly $28,000 for a scholarship fund in memory of a teen who died in December.

(Photo provided by Lawhorn family)

Clancy Lawhorn, 16, was killed in a single vehicle rollover crash near Gatesville on Dec. 13.

At that time, a few of his friends through 4H decided to take care of the lambs he had been raising, in order to show them in Coryell County.

He was a sophomore at Gatesville High School, and was active in his church, youth group, band, power-lifting, track and field and 4H.

"As soon as it happened, and I found out that it was Clancy, it came to my mind,” Clancy’s friend, Hallie Foot said.

“I was like, his show lambs, that's all, his show lambs. He would want somebody to do that.”

After showing the animals, one of them placed high enough to be auctioned off.

It originally sold for around $6,000, but once the normal auction was done, the bids kept coming.

In less than an hour, the community had raised close to $28,000 for a scholarship fund in Clancy’s honor.

"It was the most amazing feeling to know that the community had that much love and respect for Clancy and for what he did in this community, and how many lives that he touched,” Clancy’s mother, Tammy Lawhorn said.

Tammy said the additional bids were coming in so fast, that the computer system at the auction crashed.

"Through the actions, and the hard work, and thoughtfulness of these kids that got them ready and showed them, I was able to participate in something that Clancy loved one more time,” Tammy said.

"People who didn't even really know Clancy, they told me that it even spoke to them what I was doing. They asked me why I did it, and I was just like, God told me that I needed to do that,” Foot said.

Clancy’s mother said she hopes to start the scholarship fund sometime this year.

She said it will be given to students involved in 4H.