Colbert Heights Teen Dies After Seven Day Fight

COLBERT HEIGHTS, Ala. (WHNT) – Family members confirm 15-year-old Jesse Rainey passed away Friday morning at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

With the guidance of doctors, the family made the decision to take Rainey off of life support earlier in the morning.

According to family members, Jesse had responded to stimulation tests during the week.

Jesse Rainey was a sophomore at Colbert Heights High School, and was on a weekend outing with friends when authorities say a prank turned tragic.

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Investigators say Rainey was shot once in the head with a .38 caliber pistol by another teen.  The case will be presented to a grand jury to determine if charges will be filed.

Rainey was flown shortly after the shooting to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, where he remained in critical condition until Friday morning.

The entire Colbert Heights community is expected to honor Jesse at their pep rally this afternoon inside the school’s football stadium.

The number 69 has been painted on the field to remember Rainey and the number he wore.


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