POSTED: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 10:12pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 10:58am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It's been more than a week since Blake McKee, 26, was hit by a car and left. Since that time family and friends have been playing the waiting game, hoping he'll soon be able to wake from his coma.
"A couple times responded to commands as far as squeezing the nurses hand, giving the thumbs up, giving the peace sign. So we've really been optimistic about that. And he has once opened his eyes a bit," explained family friend Kyle Clements.
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And they're hoping for more good signs to come, that's why they packed Holy Ghost Church in Hammond Monday with hundreds of friends and family for a prayer vigil.
"It's definitely several hundred. Hopefully we can fit everyone. But anyone who wants to come feel free. Even if you knew Blake or not."
But Blake's support team hasn't stopped with just a prayer vigil, they've also set up a website for donations to help with the rising hospital bills. Find that website by clicking here . They've also started selling shirts labeled 'Team Blake'.
"it spawned from a Facebook post I made on the night of the accident. I had a lot of people reaching out, just to myself, and I didn't really have the energy to answer them all individually. So I just made a post and ended it signed 'Team Blake'. and it kind of stuck,” Clements said of the shirt’s catchphrase.
Since NBC33 first brought you this story, Baton Rouge police say they have had tips rolling in, but nothing solid enough to develop a suspect. Blake's family and friends have by no means given up hope.
"The more we can get the word out there the better, and the more I feel we'll find the person who did this," Clements said.
Blake's employer is also offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides a solid tip that leads to an arrest. Police believe the car was a 1999-2002 Honda Accord EX. It is said to have alloy rims, missing the driver’s side mirror, and missing the center cap on the left front tire. We’re told the vehicle may possibly have damage to the left front side.
If you know anything about this incident call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.