Youth candlelight vigil held to remember victims of Marshall County shootings

01/25/2018 10:41 AM

LEDBETTER – A western Kentucky church youth group came together on Wednesday night to reflect on the Marshall County High School shootings in a prayerful group setting.

Teen members of the Ohio Valley Baptist Church paid homage to the dead and injured in a candlelight vigil held at the church.

Youth minister Kyle Smith said that the incident was traumatic for all youths in the region.

“There’s so much we want to look forward that we can do for these youths,” Smith said. “As a youth director and minister, my heart goes out to these kids, and that includes the shooter. This kid’s a fifteen-year-old kid and one thing that I’ve learned over the last 18 years about a 15-year-old kid is that they’re lost.”

Marshall County High School student Courtney Whitley says she was in the area where the shooting took place on Tuesday and attended the service to begin the healing process.

“I’ve been looking forward to this all day because I think we need to just take time to pray over every school an Marshall County because we’re going to need a lot of healing,” Whitley said.

Livingston County Middle School student Ashlynn Oropeza says the day proved to be traumatic for her because her school went into lock down when news surfaced about the Marshall County shooting.

“At first I didn’t know what it was because they just said lock down, this is not a drill, so I thought it was happening in our school,” Oropeza said. “Later on, after the lock down was just on soft lock down, we got texts that there was a gunman shooting down Marshall County and two are dead and three were injured, so I was like just scared.”

The Ohio Valley Baptist youth group is made up of middle and high school students from a number of far western Kentucky counties.

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