Marshall County community remembers deadly shooting one year later

MCHS remembrance ceremony held

BENTON, KY (KFVS) - The Marshall County, Kentucky school district is marking a somber anniversary with a remembrance assembly at the high school and at an area park on January 23, 2019.

Wednesday evening students, teachers, churches and community members came together at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville for a healing and remembrance ceremony.

Alan Miller the Lead Pastor First Missionary Baptist Church in Benton, Kentucky led the event.

“This event tonight was about remembering, remembering the precious lives of Preston Cope and Bailey Holt and also to heal, because some people still haven’t processed and they’re still healing still healing, this community is still healing, families are still healing we are not over it yet," Miller said.

Miller remembers taking his then freshman son to school on the day of the shooting, a day he says a lot of folks are still processing.

“That’s one of those things you hear about and you don’t want it to happen and you don’t expect it to happen,” Pastor Miller said. “But once something like this does happen, everything about you, everything you’ve built your life upon, all the strength you’ve ever found comes to the forefront. These situations really test what you’re really made of.”

Parents were welcomed to attend the assembly Wednesday morning with their students. First responders were honored at a breakfast, including a life flight crew from Vanderbilt hospital who treated survivors.

Extra counselors were on hand as they have been the past couple weeks in case students needed to talk.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remembered the anniversary of the shooting with a statement:

“I would like to take a moment to mark the first anniversary of the tragic shooting at Marshall County High School, which took place one year ago today in Benton, Kentucky.

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