Forney HS softball team honors teammate killed in accident

One year after a Forney High School softball player was killed by her own teammate in a terrible accident, the team has bonded together and earned a trip to the state tournament.

Team members talked about how 15-year-old Emily Galiano inspired them and how they are supporting her sister and the teammate who caused the accident. Both are on the state-bound team.

The Forney High School team will play in the state tournament Friday with a shot at playing for the state championship on Saturday. They hope to win it for their teammate and friend, Emily.

Madison Galiano is playing softball for Emily, her identical twin sister.

“I knew I had to be the strong one for my family,” Madison said. “When they look at me, they see my sister.”

Emily was killed one year ago by a 16-year-old teammate who accidentally struck her with a vehicle after a team dinner.

"Having to do life without her is not easy. I've had her with me since I was born and in the womb. She was with me,” Madison said. “She's the strongest person I've ever met.”

Both Emily and Madison have been motivation for the Forney team.

The inspiration for many teammates is Emily's faith.

“For me personally, I find mine from Christ. He has a plan. It is greater than anything I can imagine. I live in the faith he has this team,” said player Caleigh Cross. “It's amazing how He could take something so dark but bring us all together.”

Emily is still very much a part of this team with her full name still on the field alongside the names of her teammates.

“It will never come off this field. Her jersey will never be worn again,” said head coach Pat Eitel.

Whatever happens in the state tournament, it's clear a victory has already been won.

To help keep Emily's legacy alive, the team has created a foundation that raises money for college scholarships. Click here for more information.

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