22 year old Anthony Conners, victim of hit and run

11:02 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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Collinsville, IL (KSDK) - The search is on for the driver responsible for a hit and run in Collinsville. 22-year old Anthony Connors was killed along highway 157 on his way home from work early Sunday morning, after about 2:30 am.

His friends say he worked late that night and got dropped off about a mile and half from home. He would do this on occasion as to not make his ride drive him all the way home.

His friends say that's just the kind of guy he was.

"It's one of those things that you can't believe that it happened, you can't believe that he's gone," says Rachelle Phinney, who knows Connors very well. "He was our brother, I don't care if it was blood related or not he was my brother."

Phinney says she and her family welcomed Anthony or "Tony" as they called him, into their circle. He lived with them and quickly became a member of the family.

Phinney says Tony worked hard as a dishwasher at an Edwardsville country club and truly loved it.

"He worked hard for everything he had, he was always there for you when you needed him," she says.

When he didn't come home Sunday, his roommates including Gene Phinney became concerned.

"When I called them {country club}, they were as concerned as we were," says Gene Phinney.

Eventually his roommates would contact police about Tony not coming home, it would be just hours before Tony's body was found, in the area where he got dropped off after work.

Being only 22 years old, Tony had some dreams he wanted to accomplish. Short term he wanted to take a trip.

"His biggest dream was to go to Chicago, just to go and watch the Bears play, his favorite team," says Phinney.

Longterm he wanted to go back to school get his HVAC license and start a career, but he also wanted to enjoy life and according to his friends, he did that through dance.

"He would be shaking his head, he was trying to grow dreads and he would just be shaking them," Gavin Blaylock, another roommate of Tony's.

His roommates say he was the entertainer, the jokester, but also the friend you leaned on, you relied on.

"He put everybody before himself, he never thought about himself first," says Phinney. "I hear him talking to me all the time, he says I am okay, just smile for me."

There is still an autopsy being performed that should provide more information about Tony's death.

Collinsville police need your help in finding a Ford SUV or pickup from the early 2000's if you have any information on this contact:
Collinsville police at 618-344-2131 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS


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