Local/Regional News
1:21 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Moment Of Silence Observed For Slain Classmate

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Faculty, staff, and students at Bryan Station High School observed a moment of silence on Thursday in honor of 18 year old Patrick Puckett, who died of a gunshot wound Wednesday night. 

Puckett was a starting linebacker for the school the past two seasons but had recently transferred to Henry Clay High School. 

Assistant Principal John Barnes said it was a somber day on campus.

“Very sad day…today was graduation practice for all of our seniors…usually they’d be bubbly with joy and laughing, but today was a somber day for our seniors that knew him, especially our football players…very sad day for them.”

Head football coach Frank Parks remembered Puckett as a cheerful and thoughtful young man.

“It’s a tough situation because we (he and I) had a pretty good relationship.  We had several talks just about life in general and things he needed to do to get back on track.  So it made it that much tougher because we talked about certain things not too long ago.”

Fayette County coroner Gary Ginn said an autopsy was scheduled for sometime Thursday.

Police and paramedics found Puckett’s body Wednesday evening in the common area between two apartment buildings at 2824 Ryan Circle, off North Mt. Tabor road.