Community supports high school football player, lost family in duck boat tragedy


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Last Thursday, a duck boat capsized in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people. Some, had a relative in Lexington.

Now, the community is rallying around a Frederick Douglass High School football player, who lost several relatives, including his grandparents.

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Coach Brian Landis says football could be credited as the reason that Jayden Coleman is still alive. He says if it wasn’t for Jayden’s devotion to his football team, Jayden would have been on that family vacation too.

“Typically this time of year, his family, his extended family, takes a giant trip together, and this year we’re in the middle of camp, so he wanted to stay here for camp, he didn’t want to miss out on what we were doing here and he wanted to be with his teammates, so fortunately for him, he missed that trip,” said Coach Landis.

It was on that trip that Jayden’s family boarded a duck boat that capsized during a storm. Nine of his family members died. Only two of his loved ones on board survived.

Now, the community is stepping up to support him.

Enterprise gave Jayden and his mom a rental car, so they can get to the funeral in Indianapolis. Men’s Wearhouse tailored a suit for Jayden to wear to the services.

City Barbecue is donating 25 percent of guest checks to the Coleman family, now through the end of the month.

If you can’t make it out to City Barbecue, you can also donate to the Coleman family through the Frederick Douglass Football Boosters club. You can do that by visiting their website.