LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A community in Lexington is mourning the death of a former high school basketball player.
Tates Creek High School assistant basketball coach Jay Bordas refers to former player 18-year-old Mykel Waide as family.
“I don’t know any other way to describe him other than family. I just can’t imagine. This is the hardest thing my wife and I have ever had to deal with and we’re all just shocked and confused,” Bordas said.
Waide was the victim of a deadly shooting on the 1000 block of Newtown Court early Sunday morning.
Police said this is being treated as a homicide investigation. There are no suspects in custody.
“We just love him so much and we can’t believe that he’s gone,” Bordas said.
Waide is a 2020 graduate of Tates Creek High School. He was accepted into the University of Louisville. His first day of college would have been Monday.
“He was going to major in business. He was super excited about starting school,” said Bordas. “He was just excited to go make something of himself.”
💙💔 RIP Kel— Jay Bordas (@CoachJayBordas) August 16, 2020
You made all of us proud when you graduated and got accepted into the University of Louisville.
But nobody was prouder than @meredithbordas!
She loved you with ALL her heart! You were a son. You were a brother. You were family.
We love you! #LLKel pic.twitter.com/ZmMhVJaJot
Bordas said he’s been sorting through old pictures since he found out about Waide’s death and reliving the moments he and the teenager shared over the years.
“It’s kind of therapy just looking through the pictures. There are so many good memories,” said Bordas. “He came to every one of my son’s basketball games. He’d go to my daughter’s dance recitals. He was a member of the family.”
Bordas said his entire family is heartbroken over the loss of Waide, who was like an older brother to his children.
Mill said he’s gonna be #4 from now on!— Jay Bordas (@CoachJayBordas) August 16, 2020
“He was a breath of fresh air and he had so much potential,” Bordas said. “I think he could have done anything he wanted to.”