Former teachers helping family of murdered Lexington teen

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - This was supposed to be a time to celebrate the end of the school year, but some Lexington students are instead planning a vigil to remember a classmate.

On Wednesday night, Patrick Puckett, 18, was shot and killed at an apartment complex on Ryan Circle. Police have still made no arrests.

Puckett was a junior at Bryan Station and a member of the high school football team.

Puckett's former teachers from Winburn Middle School, as well as Bryan Station High School, are teaming up to help his family. The teachers are spreading the word of a memorial fund to raise money to help pay funeral costs.

The teachers we talked to say they don't know anyone more deserving of a nice funeral service than Puckett.

"He was just a rare jewel of a person," said Jackie Haynes, one of Puckett's former teachers at Winburn Middle School.

The teachers tell us he was always ready to learn and lead and that he was the kind of student that made them love their job.

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to teach your son because he changed me," said Haynes.

"People can give you hope, and Patrick was one of those people, " said Ron Chi, his former teacher and coach at Winburn Middle School. "Yes, kids can give you hope. Patrick was hope."

Puckett's friends and family have organized a vigil that will be held Friday night at 6 p.m. at Castlewood Park.

To donate to his memorial fund you can go to any Forcht Bank.

The fund is called the 'Patrick Puckett Memorial Fund.' The teachers tell us 100 percent of the money will help pay for his funeral costs.

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