Crime

Vigil set for teen killed in shooting near UK

Caleb Hallett posted this picture on his Facebook page in August. He’s on the left with friend Josh Baker.
Caleb Hallett posted this picture on his Facebook page in August. He’s on the left with friend Josh Baker. Facebook.com/caleb.g.hallett

Friends and family of Caleb Hallett, 18, who was shot and killed Saturday near the University of Kentucky campus, will hold a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Monday in Gardenside Park, his brother told the Herald-Leader on Sunday.

Bryson Hallett declined to comment further about the shooting, which occurred about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Another male was injured in the shooting, but police have not released his name.

WKYT-TV reported that the two men were shot while sitting in a car by two men wearing masks. It’s not clear if the shooting involved a robbery. Police had not released additional information by Sunday evening.

According to Caleb Hallett’s Facebook page, he attended Lafayette High School.

The social media accounts of Hallett’s friends and family detailed a thoughtful, caring person who was interested in music. A Facebook page titled “Justice for Caleb Hallett,” had nearly 100 members by Sunday evening, many of whom posted remembrances of their friend.

“I was hoping to wake up today and all this would be a dream,” Michaela Peyton Way, posted. “This loss hits me right in my heart. Caleb made friends with everyone. He was the most kind-hearted person. He would laugh all the time, which made everyone around him laugh.”

Devion Hager, 18, said he met Hallett as a high school freshman.

“He was the most open and carefree person I’ve ever met and he was definitely not afraid to stand out from the norms,” Hager said. “From his over-the-top retro Goodwill finds to his crazy socks and gold chain. He truly embraced being different and he wanted everyone to know that being different wasn’t a bad thing at all. He had so many goals in life, from wanting to make music to trying everything he could to ensure he made a difference in this world, and he without a doubt achieved that.”

A GoFundMe page to help pay for Hallett’s funeral had raised more than $6,500 by Sunday evening.

Herald-leader staff member Deedra Lawhead contributed to this article.

Linda Blackford: 859-231-1359, @lbblackford

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