Friends remember murdered Lexington teen

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's graduation weekend, a time of happiness and hope for many students, but for some at Bryan Station High School that was shattered when they learned of their friend's death.

"I don't know how to express the emotions because I'm graduating tomorrow and then hearing about his loss just is hard. I don't know to be happy or to be sad," said Amanda Crowley.

For years, Crowley has come to know Patrick Puckett as more than the boy down the street, more than the athlete who stood out on the field and court, instead he was a source of joy and comfort.

"He always seemed to smile at everybody," she said, "We talked about stuff, he's like my brother."

But when she learned today that the 18-year-old high school junior was murdered, the news shook her up.

"I didn't know about it until I was sitting in graduation (practice) and my cousin happened to call me," adding she wanted to break down and cry, "It sucks that he didn't even get to make it to his senior year or graduate. He's a junior and he had so much going for him, and he didn't even get to see any of it."

She's not alone, even adults who have come to know the teen are struggling with how to react to this loss.

"I got a call this morning about 6 am, and the first reaction is shock and awe," explained Brian Tribble, Puckett's basketball coach, "(I'm) still kind of waiting to get another call and somebody to say it's not him, but we know that's not coming."

For those who know Puckett, one question keeps coming up: why?

"I don't understand why something like this would happen," said Crowley.

While many answers have yet to come, one thing is clear, Puckett will be missed.

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