More than a hundred people attended a remembrance ceremony for Marshall County High School shooting victims Wednesday.
January 23 marked the one-year anniversary of when then 15-year-old Gabe Parker allegedly opened fire on his classmates, killing two and injuring more than a dozen.
Marshall County Facilitators Of Community Unity and Support (FOCUS) held the event in a county park where a local pastor led a prayer and painted a portrait of Jesus on stage.
Marshall County resident Cody Myers also performed a song he co-wrote about the aftermath of the shooting. He said his heart breaks for students who will feel like their high school experience is a ‘black spot’ in their lives because of the shooting. “But, tonight is a great example of the healing that’s happening and the progress that’s happening in our community and it means the world to me to take part in or contribute to something that has hopefully moved people from a place of remembering the ‘black spot’ to stepping forth and healing,” Myers said.
The event ended with the release of orange and blue Chinese lanterns. Marshall County High School also held a breakfast for first responders Wednesday as well as a remembrance assembly for students and their parents.