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Kentucky students pray following death of classmate

(Source: Allison Twaits, KFVS) (Source: Allison Twaits, KFVS)
MURRAY, KY (KFVS) -

“For a small school, a small community to have to go through this again it was very eerie," said Principal Don Hubbard.

Hubbard said it’s been a somber day among students and staff.

When news spread of Jamel Al-Shubili death, Hubbard says more than 100 students gathered in from front of Mayfield High School to pray Thursday morning.

“I admire my students. They were wonderful and they did a great job with it. It’s tough," he said.

Hubbard says Al-Shubili was the 2015 Class President and very well liked among his classmates.

Police say on Wednesday the teen was shot and killed along Stadium View Drive, just a few yards from a nursing home and daycare.

Following the shooting, 21-year old Tearon Sherrill was arrested for his alleged involvement in the shooting.

Police have not released a motive.

Linda Kilpatrick owns the daycare across the street.

While she says she’s grateful the daycare was closed at the time of the shooting, this is not the sort of thing she would normally have to worry about.

“Maybe some cars speeding, but that’s about the worst thing that has ever happened in this area," she said.

 As for the students at Mayfield High, Principal Hubbard said he hopes this tragedy brings everyone closer together.

“Life is precious, just be as safe as you can possibly be," he said.

Students plan to have a moment of silence and balloon release before the Friday night’s football game to honor Al-Shubili and Eli Mahoney, the student that passed away last year. 

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