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Bartram Trail community bands together to support injured teen

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Updated: 10/19/2013 12:36 am
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- It was a solemn start to the night. Mention of Aubrey Thompson hushed the crowd for a moment of silence.

"May God bless Dylan and please bring Aubrey back safe to us all," said the game announcer.

Moments after, there was a roaring crowd as the football players burst through their school banner with Thompson's jersey in hand.

The 16-year-old wide receiver is fighting for his life after the truck he was riding in Wednesday night crashed during what investigators believe was a street race with another vehicle.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office told Action News a lot of factors are weighing into their investigation. They are also waiting on the results of toxicology tests.

"Bad place, bad time, bad decisions in all parts. My heart goes out to him and his family," said Thompson's former baseball coach, Bill Wynn. Wynn has put together a donation account for Thompson at VyStar Credit Union to help with medical bills.

Classmates are also raising money to make sure he's surrounded by family.

"We already raised enough money to send his brother Michael home, which he's seen probably about a month out of the two years he's been in the Marines," said friend Thomas Habhegger.

So far they've collected $3,800, some of which was used to bring his brother home. The rest will help with Thompson's recovery. The driver of the truck that crashed, Dylan Shaw, is out of the hospital and doing OK.

The Bartram Trail Bears defeated the Creekside Knights 47-12.
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