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Friends Remember CV Freshman

Friends and classmates of Scotty Katonka remembered the freshman after he died in a single-car crash Wednesday night.

Friends and classmates of Scotty Katonka remembered him Thursday for his easy-going nature, hockey skills and friendly demeanor.

“He’s a great guy,” said Nigel Truong, who was a friend and played with him on the freshmen hockey team. “He’s funny. I swear I’ve never seen him upset. He’s easy to talk to. Just an overall good friend.

“I’m sure you can see it everywhere with people talking about him.”

Scotty, a 15-year-old Chartiers Valley High School student who just finished his freshman year, died Wednesday night when the car he was riding in .

Four other kids who are in the Chartiers Valley school system also were injured in the single-car crash.

“I’ve never lost someone I knew personally,” said Truong, who just finished his sophomore year.

Truong and other friends formed a Facebook page to remember Scotty—several students also changed their social media profiles to include his hockey No. 42 in the title—and find ways to raise money for his family, which resides in Heidelberg.

Truong and Justin Gill, who also played hockey with Scotty, are talking about selling small bracelets made of yellow hockey skate laces to memorialize the forward. They’re also talking about designing and selling T-shirts for their friend.

“He’s a good kid, a good hockey player,” Gill said. “He was just a nice kid. It’s just a shock.”

Funeral arrangements were not known as of Thursday night.

If you would like to leave your condolences, add them to the comments section below.

Laura Scott June 22, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I watched you and your sisters grow up..sometimes having to be more grown up then needed as kids...you will always be remembered, Scotty.
Cupcakes N'At June 22, 2012 at 06:24 PM
We are so sorry for his family and friends. If there is anything we can do to help here at Cupcakes N'At, please let us know. We can help sell shirts and bracelets or come up with a way to help the fundraising. Please call us at 412-221-4800
Harmony June 23, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Scotty We loved you♥You really where amazing! My prayers go out to all of his family and friends. I'm so sorry for everyone's loss, Scotty and I were friends. He will always be in my heart♥R.I.P♥
Joseph Wissel Jr June 23, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Heidelberg VFD We are so sorry for everyone's loss. Scotty was a great kid. He always made everyone laugh as he helped with Bingo. It was great to see him around town, always knowing he would waive and smile. Myself and our whole department are here for anything friends and family may need. Joe Wissel - Fire Chief

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