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Marshall Co. School Shooting Was Three Years Ago
By West Kentucky Star Staff
BENTON - Saturday marks three years since the shooting at Marshall County High School.

The school district, local law enforcement, and numerous others posted #MarshallStrong images and messages on social media as a way to remember the tragic act of violence that claimed the lives of 15-year-old students Preston Cope and Bailey Holt. Some folks also used the hash tags #BeLikeBailey and #PlayLikePreston to honor the teens who were random targets. 

An event hosted by the Marshall County Resiliency Center and Marshall County Schools invited the community to remember those effected by the events of January 23, 2018. The lobby of the Kenneth Shadowen Performing Arts Center at Marshall County High School was open from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday so people could view artifacts sent to the school in the days and weeks after the shooting.

Those who attended were also given the opportunity to write thoughts, prayers or comments that will be added to those from an event last year.

Gabriel Ross Parker was 15 when he fired a handgun into a crowd of students before classes started at the school on Jan. 23, 2018. He was arrested at the school and charged with murder and 14 counts of assault. Parker entered a guilty plea on April 28, 2020, and started serving two life sentences last June. He will not be eligible for parole until he serves 20 years in prison.

Published 05:14 PM, Saturday Jan. 23, 2021
Updated 01:02 PM, Sunday Jan. 24, 2021

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