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Friends remember a former Manual High School football player

Daquane Drain and Jona Cochran Daquane Drain and Jona Cochran
Jona Cochran Jona Cochran
Scene of the crash on Fern Valley Road Scene of the crash on Fern Valley Road
Car Bryan Lee was driving at the time of the crash Car Bryan Lee was driving at the time of the crash

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Friends of a former Manual High School football player gathered Thursday night for an emotional memorial. 18-year-old Daquane Drain died last week after he was taken off life support.

Friends remembered Drain as a hard worker who cared about people. They talked about how he was a loyal friend and son who just couldn't keep it together after his mom was killed in a car crash.

Number 23 was a standout running back at Manual. He was also a father to a six-month-old baby girl.

"He loved her to death. He loved her so much. He always bought her clothes; he did whatever he could for her," Jona Cochran said.

Cochran was Drain's girlfriend and is the mother of his daughter. She said he understood the importance of family and was devastated after his mother and grandfather were killed in a car crash on Fern Valley Road almost two years ago. Police say 30-year-old Bryan Lee was test driving a car and going more than 100 miles an hour when he killed Drain's relatives.

"When his mom passed away he felt like he wanted to go too. His mom meant a lot to him, and it really messed him up," she said.

Friends say Drain was in a coma after overdosing on drugs and alcohol, but the coroner hasn't released a cause of death.

Inside the Thursday night memorial service, friends and football players lined up to share stories and keep his memory alive.

"I'm gonna make sure she knows her father. I'm going to put all the pictures in a book and let her look them; she's not going to forget him," Cochran said.

Bryan Lee who police say caused the crash on Fern Valley Road has pleaded not guilty to two counts of manslaughter. He is out on bond while waiting for a trial.

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