28-year-old UK nursing student killed in Lexington drive-by shooting

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Police are investigating after a drive-by shooting that has left one man dead.

The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. Thursday on the 900 block De Porres Avenue, near Georgetown Street.

Police say a vehicle drove by the home and someone fired a shot into it.

The victim, Jesse Matthew Averitt, 28, was taken to the hospital where he later died. Averitt was a senior at University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing. He was also an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) at Eastern State Hospital while in school at UK.

“The Eastern State Hospital/Central Kentucky Recovery Center and UK HealthCare family is grieving the tragic loss of Jesse Averitt,” said Marc Woods, Assistant Chief Nurse Executive, UK HealthCare-Behavioral Health. “Our hearts ache for Jesse, his family and friends. Jesse joined ESH/CKRC as a Mental Health Associate in 2017, became an LPN about a year later and was enrolled in UK’s LPN to BSN program. Jesse’s positive outlook made him a joy to know and work with. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for patients and his fellow teammates. All of us who loved him are mourning the loss of Jesse.”

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Police are investigating after a drive-by shooting that has left one man dead.

The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. Thursday on the 900 block De Porres Avenue, near Georgetown Street.

Police say a vehicle drove by the home and someone fired a shot into it.

The victim, Jesse Matthew Averitt, 28, was taken to the hospital where he later died. Averitt was a senior at University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing. He was also an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) at Eastern State Hospital while in school at UK.

“The Eastern State Hospital/Central Kentucky Recovery Center and UK HealthCare family is grieving the tragic loss of Jesse Averitt,” said Marc Woods, Assistant Chief Nurse Executive, UK HealthCare-Behavioral Health. “Our hearts ache for Jesse, his family and friends. Jesse joined ESH/CKRC as a Mental Health Associate in 2017, became an LPN about a year later and was enrolled in UK’s LPN to BSN program. Jesse’s positive outlook made him a joy to know and work with. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for patients and his fellow teammates. All of us who loved him are mourning the loss of Jesse.”

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