- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - One of three eighth-grade football players hit by lightning during practice in a southern New Mexico town is out of the hospital.

His father says 13-year-old Demetrius Aguilera was released Thursday afternoon from a children’s hospital in Texas.

Kenndre Aguilera tells the Las Cruces Sun-News his son wanted to see his teammates at Picacho Middle School in Las Cruces right away.

El Paso Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Badr (BAY-der) said Friday that the most badly injured of the three teens, 13-year-old Hunter Keffer, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

The teen’s parents, Rick and Mitzi Keffer, issued a statement that said their son “is slowly making progress and getting better every day.”

Another teen was in good condition Thursday, but Badr couldn’t release updated information because he hasn’t been identified.

An injured coach was released from a hospital after treatment.

The lightning struck near the school’s practice field Tuesday afternoon.

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