Emotional vigil held for murdered Lexington teen

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) On Friday, a community joined together to remember a teen shot and killed earlier this week.

The vigil for 18-year-old Patrick Puckett began hours after police issued a murder warrant for 20-year-old Ernest Wheeler III in connection to the case.

Hundreds of Puckett’s friends and family members attended the vigil where they honored Patrick’s life and mourned his untimely death.

WKYT’s Jordan Vilines attended the emotional memorial.

The turnout at Friday’s vigil was a true testament of just how many hundreds of lives Patrick Puckett impacted in his 18 short years.

“He was an awesome kid and didn’t deserve to die that way. He touched a lot of people’s hearts and he touched mine,” said Stevynn Leroy, Patrick’s close friend.

Each and every person came out to Castlewood Park in Lexington to celebrate Patrick’s passion for life, to mourn his untimely death and to reflect on the unforgettable memories they made together.

“It’s nice to see that everybody came out with balloons to support our dear friend and brother,” said Isaiah Barnes, Patrick’s teammate and friend.

“He would make me tell him I love him every day but Patrick, I’m one up on you now. I love you son,” said Patrick’s stepfather, Ron Cowherd.

His friends say the vigil wasn't the only kind of closure they got on Friday; they say they also found closure when police issued a murder warrant for Ernest Wheeler III.

“It means a lot that they found the person who did it, gives the family some closure and the mom some
closure,” Barnes told us Friday.

“You see all these young kids out here bawling their eyes out and there’s just no need for all the violence,” said Latoyna Taylor, whose daughter knew Patrick.

And in the difficult days that lay ahead, friends and family say they will find solace and strength by leaning on one another.

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