LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Support and prayers from across the South Plains surround a former Texas Tech athlete and Anton High School stand-out, following a weekend motorcycle accident.
KCBD NewsChannel 11's Katie Bauer spoke with Blake Brazil's family on Tuesday afternoon where she got an update on his condition and their reaction of the community's outpouring of support.
Blake Brazil, 22, is still at University Medical Center in critical condition. He is surrounded by his family and friends, all praying for him to come out of this ok.
Early Saturday morning, Brazil lost control of his motorcycle in north Lubbock. His family tells us he suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple broken bones. They say he is unconscious, but his vitals are good.
Brazil was a standout athlete for Anton High School and was part of the Texas Tech track team in 2007. "He was a quiet kid and is a quiet kid and just real focused on working on hard and doing what we've asked, tremendous character, you can tell a kid when he's got good character and so we really loved having him on our team," says Texas Tech track coach We Kittley.
Kittley says this is just another reminder of how precious life is. "On behalf on the men's and women's track team we have several on the team that were here when he was on our team and we just want him to know that we are praying for him and his family and for a full recovery and I hope for him to get back with us soon."
More than 400 people, so far, have joined a Facebook page dedicated to Brazil's recovery, and the dozens and dozens of comments of support does not surprise Coach Kittley one bit. "Oh not at all, he had a lot of friends on our team and I know he had a lot friends on campus so it's really neat to know that everyone is caring for him and cheering him on and hopefully going to get him well."
The Brazil family tells us they are extremely grateful to be receiving so much support and prayers. If you would like to leave a comment for Blake, the link has been provided.
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