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Family Of DeSoto County Teen Injured In Wreck Thanks Community

SOUTHAVEN, Miss (localmemphis.com) - A high school senior set to graduate in less than three weeks is fighting for his life. We first reported on the crash involving a Brandon Baxter's car and a FedEx truck Wednesday night. 


The senior was air lifted to Regional One from DeSoto County, Mississippi. Baxter's family is being very careful about what information they release but Local 24 was able to confirm Baxter remains in ICU surrounded by family. We've also learned his entire school community is supporting through this tough time.


"It's really nice to know when something like that happens that the community bands together," said Brian Rainey.


Rainey is Baxter's uncle. Speaking for the family he is publicly thanking the Mississippi community for the support and prayers.


"The teachers and faculty, they brought a lot of stuff up," said Rainey. "Food and snacks and stuff. They've been great."


Rainey told Local 24 he has been going non-stop between visits to Regional One where his nephew remains in the intensive care unit following Wednesday's crash.


"I'm just trying to be there for my sister, it's his mother. Just running on adrenaline," he said. "I think I got maybe four hours of sleep last night total and little cat naps but it's nothing compared to what Brandon is going through right now."


At Brandon's high school his fellow Jaguars, friends and band mates are keeping him in their prayers as they perform the last concert of the school year.


"Everyone's doing pretty good," said sophomore Jonathan Jones. "We're all praying for him to get better and we're all hoping for the best for him and his family."


Wednesday night students and staff at DeSoto Central High School held an impromptu prayer vigil for their classmate.


"It was just a moment for us because he means so much to the band," said Jones.


And at the hospital the support continued with prayer vigils in the hospital hallways.


"It's a full room whenever there can be people in there," added Rainey.

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