High school football player injured in crash dies

A high school football player has died more than a week after being injured in a crash.

The Fayette County coroner says 17-year-old Mykal Barnes died Monday at UK Hospital. He was a student and football player at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester.

The coroner's report says Barnes died just before 11:30 Monday morning of a closed head injury.

Friends and relatives of Mykal Barnes gathered at the school early Monday to pray for him.

Barnes had been at UK Hospital since August 15, when his car hit a rock wall on Mt. Sterling Road, outside Winchester.

GRC dedicated its first football game of the season to Barnes last Friday.

Barnes' friends and loved ones gathered again Monday evening at Calvary Christian Church to remember him.

Barnes' coach, Paul Columbia, says he knows the loss will be especially hard on Barnes' young friends and teammates, so he's hopeful events like Monday night's gathering will help with their grief.

"Support each other, try to get as close to routine as we can, which will be tough to do," George Rogers Clark High School football coach Paul Columbia said. "Continue that throughout the season."

Church leaders say they will keep their doors open for as long as people want to gather Monday night.

School officials say they've invited local ministers to come to the school Tuesday morning to help students with grief counseling.

Barnes' friends tell us to help raise money for funeral expenses, they're holding a raffle at the Winchester Walmart Tuesday and Wednesday.

The raffle will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.

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