Kentucky community grapples with cause of school shooting

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Grief-stricken people in Benton in Marshall County after school shooting 1-24-18

BENTON, Ky. (AP) – Stunned by a deadly school shooting, a grief-stricken Kentucky community is struggling to understand how one of its own could have unleashed such terror.

Police haven’t publicly identified the 15-year-old accused of opening fire Tuesday at Marshall County High School. With few details coming from authorities, people are left to wonder what triggered the attack that killed two teenagers, injured 18 and sent others fleeing from a place many considered immune from violence.

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Ashley Graham’s daughter was a close friend of one of the students who died. Graham says “no one with compassion and love and of a clear head could walk in and just hurt so many people randomly.”

On Wednesday, authorities said the suspect faces preliminary charges of murder and assault while police investigate what might have prompted the mass shooting.