Frazier recounts weeping with family of Marshall Co. fatality

Originally published in Western Recorder-

BENTON—“A fog of grief appeared for this family,” Charles Frazier, president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said as he described ministering to a family in his church who lost their son in the tragic shooting at Marshall County High School.

Preston Cope, a 15-year-old member of Zion’s Cause Baptist Church in Benton, was one of two casualties when another 15-year-old student allegedly entered the high school that day and open fired. Bailey Holt, who attended Bethlehem Baptist Church in Benton, was the other fatality, along with 19 others injured.

Cope was a boy who loved history and baseball, friends and family said. Teammates and coaches described him as “kind, soft-spoken, and determined,” the Courier Journal reported. Continue reading “Frazier recounts weeping with family of Marshall Co. fatality”


Marshall County churches respond to high school shooting

Originally published in Western Recorder-

BENTON—Area churches offered open doors, encouragement, and support to the Benton, Ky. community in the wake of a shooting at Marshall County High School on Jan. 23.

On Tuesday morning in the 8 a.m. hour, a 15-year-old student walked into the commons area and open fired. Two students (both 15 years old) were killed and 17 others were injured. Six of those injured were air lifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville with extensive injuries. The others were sent to regional hospitals and are in varying conditions.

“I think yesterday, I know for me personally and all the people that I talked to, was almost like you’re sort of walking through a bad dream. You know it’s real, but it doesn’t feel real,” Kory Cunningham, associate pastor at Hardin Baptist Church, located 20 minutes from the high school, said. He was on the scene by 8:30 that morning, and other pastors from the church joined him throughout the day.

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Sunrise looks to rebuild activity center

Originally published in Western Recorder-

DANVILLE—The 27 young men who reside on Sunrise’s Danville campus returned on Saturday, one day after the fire that destroyed the activity center.

This activity center was “not only a place to play games,” Melissa Bailey, associate director for communications at Sunrise, shared. The activity center was a place for music and art therapy as well as exercise, she said.

“The activity center was the heartbeat of the campus, and served as an integral part of the long-term, comprehensive care these boys receive from Sunrise. What they did in the activity center each day was a necessary part of their overall treatment and healing,” Bailey added.

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