Demetrae Griffin: Stable, but still critical

Speake High School advanced to the school's first ever state championship game in 2008, and Demetrae Griffin played a big part in the teams' success. Griffin was shot in the abdomen Saturday night while attending a party at the Caddo Senior Citizens Center.

Demetrae Griffin had just returned from a visit to the University of Tennessee, where he already holds an offer to play for the Volunteers. However, by late Saturday night the excitement of the recruiting visit had long been forgotten by friends and family as word spread throughout the community Griffin had been shot. caught up with Speake Head Coach Royal Carpenter Monday morning, and he updated Griffin's condition.

"I was at the hospital last night," Carpenter stated. "I spoke to a doctor, and he told me Demetrae had been induced into a coma-like state to keep him from moving around and doing anymore damage. He is in stable but critical condition."

"I had just talked with Demetrae Friday before he took his visit to Tennessee, and he was excited about the trip. He had an offer from Tennessee, and Alabama was recruiting him very hard along with a lot of division one schools. Stanford had even asked for his transcripts a few days ago."

"It is just a terrible situation. Of course, we aren't worried about Demetrae playing football again. We just want him to get well and live a full life. Football isn't important at this time."

"The doctors will do surgery again in the morning. If I understand correctly. His wounds can't be closed at this time. I think they are trying to make sure they don't miss anything."

"Demetrae had come such a long way since he was a freshman. He had improved on the field, but he had turned into a fine young man. Demetrae was always the peacemaker. It is just very sad for everyone involved. I would like to ask you and everyone else we can reach to remember Demetrae in your prayers." (return to front page here)

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