BENTON, Ky. (AP) – Hundreds of people have thronged a park in Benton, Kentucky, where they’ve lit flickering candles for the victims of Tuesday’s shooting at Marshall County High School in their rural community.
“It always happens somewhere else, you know, but this week it was our community,” said Misti Drew, an organizer of the vigil, speaking Thursday evening with The Associated Press.
With faces aglow from the candles, participants lofted banners and some wore T-shirts embossed with the words, “Marshall Strong.”
Shock and pain visibly etched the faces of many in the crowd as the community sought solidarity after Tuesday’s shooting claimed the lives of two students. Several others were injured.
Drew said Thursday evening’s vigil was all about healing after the unspeakable occurred.
“I think everybody has been visibly trying to find something positive; they are reaching for anything good to try and focus on,” Drew said.