Lexington teen's sister speaks out after accused murderer's hearing

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A status hearing for a man accused of shooting and killing a Lexington teen has been continued.

"That he was funny. He tried to live good. He loved everybody. You could meet him for one second and you would love him too."

That's what 12-year-old Danielle Puckett wants everyone to remember about her brother, Patrick.

The 18-year-old was a football player at Bryan Station High School. His friends say he was planning to play at the University of Kentucky. That was before his life was cut too short.

"Well it's hard, it's really hard, because there was only one Patrick. I think that, I don't know if everybody else does, but I do," says Danielle Puckett.

Puckett was found with a gunshot wound to his chest in the hallway of a Ryan Circle apartment complex in May. He later died at UK Hospital. The man accused of his murder, 20-year-old Ernest Wheeler, turned himself into police two days after the shooting.

Wheeler was in court Friday morning for a status hearing that was rescheduled for November. Danielle and her family were in the courtroom and say they plan to follow the case until the end.

"When the real trial comes, I want everybody to be there and be able to stand up for him and know that we're here for him and we're just going to try," says Puckett.

Danielle says though the last couple of months have been difficult, she plans to live life for her brother, whose own life ended too soon.

WKYT's Whitney Wetzel also talked to some of Wheeler's family outside of the courtroom. They didn't want to go on camera, but say they are sending prayers to the victim's family for their loss.

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