On Tuesday morning, a 15-year-old male student opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, tragically taking the lives of two students and injuring more than a dozen others. The shooter’s identity remains unknown, but the two victims were identified on Tuesday evening.
Previously, authorities stated in a press conference that all victims—killed and wounded—were believed to be students. The two who were murdered were known to be a 15-year-old male and female.
On Tuesday night, a student from Marshall County paid a tribute to her friends on social media. Gabbi Bayers wrote a heartfelt message about Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, mourning the sudden death of the two young teens.
“Today on 1-23-18 we lost two of the greatest people I have ever met all because one kid was ‘hurting inside’. This was one of the saddest and scariest days of my life,” she wrote.
“I'm thankful for my injured friends that have stayed strong through their process of healing. Bailey Holt (below) and Preston [Cope] were two great people, I have never heard one negative thing come from their mouths,” Bayers stated. “I'm glad we made the memories we did with each other. It hurts knowing we won't be able to share the laughs anymore.”
She continued by expressing little sympathy for the shooter, “I honestly [don't] care what this boy was going through, he could have talked to someone. Instead he CHOSE to bring a gun to school, he CHOSE to shoot innocent people, and he CHOSE to not care. I have no sympathy. I can't stop thinking about the two we lost.”
From Bayers’ photos, it appears that Preston (below) was a baseball player for the school. From Bailey’s Facebook page, pictures showed an adventurous, animal-loving, family-oriented girl who was also a Louisville Cardinals fan.
A photo was also shared, by the student, of the suspect being taken into custody. Local authorities previously mentioned that they were not planning to release his identity due to the fact that he is a minor.
According to New York Daily News, police declined to offer a motive. The 15-year-old will be charged with two counts of murder and several counts of attempted murder.
For more details on the shooting, please visit our other article here.
Please continue to pray for the victims and their families. In other breaking news, a former reality television star suddenly passed away at only 38 years old.