Hazelwood East teen remains unconscious, family says

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By journalsofus.com

STREET. LOUIS COUNTY — A teenager who suffered a skull fracture in an after-school fight remains unconscious more than a week after being hospitalized in critical condition.

The parents of 16-year-old Kaylee Gain shared their daughter’s condition in a statement Monday. The statement marks the family’s first public comments since Kaylee was brutally beaten during a fight on March 8 near Hazelwood East High School.

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“The full extent of Kaylee’s injuries and prognosis for recovery cannot be determined until, with the grace of God, she regains consciousness, and the family asks that you continue to keep Kaylee in your thoughts and prayers as she fights to recover. “said the family. she said in the statement.

Footage of Gain’s brutal beating was widely shared after being posted on social media. It showed another juvenile, who has not been identified by authorities, slamming Gain’s skull into concrete on a residential street near Hazelwood East.

Calls from public and government officials to charge the other student as an adult increased. The decision would ultimately be to a St. Louis County Juvenile Court Judge.

“While the family would like to eventually see justice served through the legal system, their focus at this time is dedicated solely to Kaylee’s recovery,” Gain’s parents said in the statement.

“The family also calls on all members of the wider community to come together to report teen violence and bullying as there have been too many recent examples of teen violence resulting in significant injuries and even deaths in some cases “says the statement. continued.

The incident in Hazelwood occurred just four days before a Rose Mary Johnson Jennings High School student was stabbed and killed in a fight near the school.

Justin Brooks, 14, was a “star athlete.” according to his father. He died in a hospital. Her mother started a fundraising event yesterday to help cover funeral costs.

GoFundMe campaigns created to support Gain and his family have raised nearly $400,000 as of Monday afternoon.

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