Someday after a gunman opened hearth Tuesday on college students in a Kentucky highschool, 15-year-old Bailey Holt grabbed her cellphone and known as her mother.
By the point her mom picked up, nonetheless, there was nobody on the road. Sixteen college students had been shot within the taking pictures spree, authorities stated, and Bailey was one in every of two college students killed within the taking pictures.
“After all, we assume she supposed to inform her mom the catastrophic occasions unfolding,” Bailey’s aunt, Tracy Tubbs, informed reporters Saturday in a press convention. “Sadly it was too late, for she was taken from this earth by the point her mom answered the cellphone.”
Fifteen-year-old Preston Ryan Cope was additionally killed within the taking pictures. Household and mates stated the 2 teenagers killed attended the identical kindergarten class.
Representatives of the 2 households spoke at a press convention Saturday to speak concerning the two highschool college students who had been killed in Tuesday’s taking pictures.
“How nice our Lord and savior is, He selected us to have this lovely creature in our lives for 15 quick however magnificent years,” Tubbs stated. “Our anger is obvious, our grief is intestine wrenching.”
Jackie Reid, precept of Sharpe Elementary College in Benton, Kentucky, spoke on behalf of the Cope household, describing Preston as a younger baseball participant who additionally cherished to go on journeys together with his household to historic locations.
“Prior to now yr, I consider, they took a visit and Preston acquired to form of select the place they went,” Reid stated. The teenager selected “Gettysburg, and locations like that.”
Bailey cherished to put on sweatshirts and black Converse sneakers, household and mates stated. Like these on her father’s aspect of the household, they stated, she was an avid fan of the College of Louisville Cardinals.
Tubbs and Reid each thanked mates and neighbors within the tight-knit group, whom they stated had given the households power in dealing with their loss.
“This act of violence that was supposed to inflict unbelievable ache has achieved fairly the other, solely reinforcing our household and mates and group to easily say, ‘Not at the moment Devil, you picked the improper group,'” Tubbs stated.