Friends of Winchester shooting victims speak out

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two teenagers are dead in Winchester and four are accused of involvement in their deaths.

16-year-olds Adriana Castro and Kayla Holland were shot to death Tuesday night at the Washington Street Apartments.

Now, Darian Skinner, 22, Denzel Hill, 24, Mikaela Buford, 18, and Ronnie Ellis, 18, are facing charges.

They all pleaded ‘not guilty’ in court Wednesday. Each of the four was given a $1 million bond.

Friends and family of Ellis and Buford, two of the teens charged, say they’re good people.

That’s also how the victims’ friends describe the two people they’ve lost.

The two girls were students in Winchester, known for being kind-hearted and fun to be around.

“We were very shocked. Like as soon as we found out, my sister, she called us and I just… it was jaw-dropping,” said friend Maria Caheu.

“I was really in shock,” said friend Nicole Belcher.

Caheu and Belcher say Adriana Castro and Kayla Holland were great people, just living their lives.

“It’s sad that she.. both of them girls was 16-years-old,” said Caheu. “They didn’t even get to make it until 18. They didn’t even get to experience even a part of life and their lives are gone just like that.”

Caheu says having a shooting like this happen in her hometown worries her.

“It’s scary, honestly, knowing like everything like all the shootings going on,” said Caheu. “People think it’s a game, it’s not.”

She wants people to start thinking before they act.

“People are just… they’re, they’re just… unbelievable,” said Caheu. “They’re unbelievable. People are just like, they don’t care anymore. It’s like they don’t care about taking loved ones from someone else. You know, it’s like… I can’t even imagine.”

Police say they are still trying to figure out how, and why, the shooting happened.

The victim’s friends say, while they’re hopeful, they realize there may never be a definite answer.

“There’s always questions like ‘why, why did it happen,'” said Caheu. “You know, but there are always going to be questions that are unanswered, but you just have to know that they’re in a better place.”

There will be a candlelight vigil in honor of Adriana and Kayla Thursday night.

It will start at 6 p.m. in front of the Winchester Court House.

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