Sayre pays tribute to teen brothers killed in weekend crash

Published: Feb. 18, 2019 at 8:01 PM EST
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At the 42nd District Tournament in Lexington, a moment of silence was held to honor two teenage brothers killed in a crash early Sunday morning.

Neo and Roan Sanders were remembered by their classmates, teachers and teammates before Sayre took on Frederick Douglass in the boys basketball game Monday night at Henry Clay High School.

The three teens involved in the crash were students at Sayre School.

Roan and Neo were actively involved in athletics, drama and other activities at the school, administrators said. Neo played football and lacrosse. Roan played soccer and basketball until this year, and still has many friends on the team.

A jersey with his No. 10 was placed on the bench during the game, keeping an empty seat in his memory.

“We talked about this game. [The team] wanted to play, and they wanted to play in memory of Roan. So we’re here tonight, and it’s all about Roan and Neo," said Robert Goodman, head basketball coach. “We all love Roan, we all love Neo. The kids have fond memories of these two young men. They meant so much to our school and our community, and we don’t want to forget that.”

Lexington police believe the crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, but no one called 911 until after 8 a.m., when someone walking by Southside Technical Center near Harrodsburg Road noticed a heavily damaged Toyota Prius up against a tree.

An email sent out by the school confirmed Neo, 15, and Roan, 17, were killed. Bobby Puckett, 18, the driver of the car, suffered serious injuries to his legs.

Lexington police are still investigating the cause of the crash. They believe the driver lost control and speed may have played a factor.

Sayre had school on a normal schedule Monday, but school officials said counselors were available on campus for students and teachers. Absences were excused.

Students and faculty gathered for an assembly Monday morning to reflect and mourn, as well as to write condolence notes to the Sanders family and get-well notes to Puckett.

"Our focus is on mourning and healing, and to provide support to our students, families, and faculty," Sayre administrators said in a statement. "Please respect our privacy as we grieve the passing of Roan and Neo Sanders."

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