Church communities of Benton and surrounding areas come together to remember dead and injured in Marshall County tragedy

01/24/2018 09:05 AM

BENTON – As residents were still in shock in Marshall County and surrounding areas on Tuesday night, area churches opened their doors for people of the community to simply come and be with one another.

One such service took place at First Christian Church in Benton.

Senior Minister Kristina Stuckel felt that it was important for her congregation to find comfort in coming together after such a terrible tragedy.

“We’re just heartbroken as a community, and a community of faith,” Stuckel said. “We just can’t believe that it happened in our small town and we’re grieving, so we are coming together tonight to lift our prayers to the one who can help us.

Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia thinks it’s important for the community to come together in a church setting to begin the healing process.

“I think it’s awfully important for everyone to come together, especially in a venue like this where you can hug and hold hands and cry on each others shoulders, i mean, there’s no better remedy in don’t think. Maybe not a remedy, but it certainly helps.

Coursey, like many in the community have one question. Why?

“I’ll be interested to find out, you know, after they interview and interrogate this young man what his motives were,” Coursey said. “I suspect that they’re going through his social media and whatever files he might have at school. Hopefully, they’ll get some answers.”

Marshall County High School is about 30 minutes from Heath High School in Paducah, where a 1997 mass shooting killed three and injured five.


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