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Murdered Lexington teen is remembered

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We continue to learn more information about a Lexington teen who was shot and killed Wednesday night.

It happened at about 8 p.m. in the hallway of an apartment building on Ryan Circle, off North Mount Tabor Road. We are told Patrick Puckett, 18, was rushed to UK Hospital and later died there of a gunshot wound to his chest.

This Thursday we caught up with those closest to him to get an idea of who Puckett was. We've learned he played football at Bryan Station High School where he was a junior this year. He also played basketball outside of school.

On and off the court, a Lexington Celtics basketball coach says this 18-year-old changed his life forever.

"Patrick, I love you. I love you, and thank you. I owe him so much," said Coach Brian Tribble, who is also the director of Lexington Celtics.

Puckett was one of the players on his first team, so losing him still seems unimaginable to this Lexington Celtics coach.

"That feeling of disbelief and that one time you hope there's another Patrick Puckett out there," said Coach Tribble. "That they're not talking about the one that is so close to you."

Basketball Coach Tribble calls the teen many things but most of all a leader.

"He was a positive individual and had a bright future ahead of him," said Coach Tribble.

But Puckett's life was cut short. Shot and killed last night, Coach Tribble says he felt like he was stuck in his worst nightmare.

"Patrick was loved by so many, so that being the tough part, you want to know why somebody would do this to such a great person," said Coach Tribble.

Just about everyone says he always had a smile and hug almost as big as he was.

"If he were here, I would probably let him pick me up off my feet, squeeze the life out of me, and just to hear that, 'I love you' one more time," said Coach Tribble.

Puckett's family tells us they've been busy making funeral arrangements Thursday afternoon. And Lexington police say they are still searching for the suspect in this case.


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