York High planning to honor Hillian on Saturday

Patrick Strohecker
  • Eugene Hillian IV was killed on Tuesday night by five gunshots in the first block of East Maple Street.
  • Hillian was a member of the York High junior varsity football team.
  • Hillian, a senior, will be honored during Saturday's football game, as part of Senior Day festivities.

Saturday is the York High football team's final home game of the 2016 York-Adams League season.


As is tradition, that last home game will be Senior Day, a recognition of all the 12th graders on the team, whether they be players, managers, band members or cheerleaders.

Eugene Hillian IV, who was a senior, won't be there for his Senior Day recognition, but he'll still be honored.

On Tuesday night, Hillian was shot five times in the chest in the first block of East Maple Street. He was 18 years old. According to York County Coroner Pam Gay's news release, Hillian's death was ruled a homicide, while Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the city detective bureau, said that Hillian was "targeted."

When the Bearcats take the field on Saturday against New Oxford, they'll pay tribute, not only to Hillian, but to other victims of gun violence in the city, according to school athletic director Ron Coursey.

"We are going to honor him — it is Senior Day on Saturday and he was a senior," Coursey said. "So, we're going to honor him and the rest of our seniors and then hold a moment of silence for his loss, as well as any other victim of the gun violence in the city."

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At the time, Coursey was unsure of any other plans that the team had in store to honor Hilliard. Coursey had a meeting with head football coach Russ Stoner about possibly ordering helmet decals, either of Hillian's number or something that represents gun violence.

"We're working on that right now," Coursey said about ordering helmet decals. "...We bounced some ideas around and one of my jobs tonight is to go online and see what we can find, whether it be his number or something that represents gun violence, and see if we can get it in time."

Hillian was a wide receiver and defensive back on the school's junior varsity team.

Saturday's game between York High and the Colonials pits two teams searching for their first wins of the season. However, since the death of Hillian, the game has taken on much greater significance.

"As far as our football players are concerned, they're sad they lost a brother," Coursey said. "But, we're at a point right now where we just want to try to honor him and do it by representing him and our team the best way possible this Saturday."

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com