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Classmates grieve teen's death

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

It's a difficult day for students at a central Kentucky high school.

Grief counselors are at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester Tuesday, helping students and staff cope with the death of 17-year-old Mykal Barnes.

The high school senior, and football player, died Monday, more than a week after a car crash.

Many people who knew him say he left behind a positive impact on everyone he met.

Friends and loved ones gathered Monday night at Calvary Christian Church in Winchester, after learning of Barnes' death. They wanted to come together to remember Barnes.

On Tuesday, grief counselors and pastors were at the school to help students cope.

"We have a tremendous student body," George Rogers Clark High School Guidance Counselor Eric Osborn said. "They lean so much on each other, just tremendous students."

Barnes died at UK Hospital Monday, more than a week after suffering a head injury from a collision.

Police say Barnes crashed his car into a rock wall on Mount Sterling Road in Clark County August 15.

For those who knew Barnes, they say he will be missed, but remembered in a great way.

"Mykal touched a lot of people's lives," Osborn said. "He was fun loving... will be greatly missed."

Friends and loved ones of Barnes are having a raffle and a bake sale at the Winchester Walmart Tuesday until 6 p.m. It will continue tomorrow.

All of the proceeds will help with funeral expenses.

School officials say Barnes' funeral will be held at Calvary Christian Church, but arrangements have not yet been made.

A fund has also been set up at Alliance Bank on Bullion Boulevard in Winchester to help with funeral expenses.

Bank officials say checks should be made to the Mykal Barnes Memorial Fund.

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