Kentucky shooting suspect ordered held; vigil for victims

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Kentucky shooting suspect ordered held; vigil for victims
People attend a vigil for the victims of a fatal shooting at Marshall County High School on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Mike Miller County Park in Benton, Ky. The 15-year-old accused of the fatal shooting on Tuesday, which left over a dozen injured, was ordered held Thursday on preliminary charges of murder and assault. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — The 15-year-old boy accused of gunning down classmates at a Kentucky high school has been ordered held on murder and assault charges. Meanwhile, the shaken community where the unspeakable occurred strained to cope with the devastation.

The 15-year-old boy — who is accused of fatally gunning down two classmates and wounding 18 others at western Kentucky’s Marshall County High School on Tuesday — was ordered held Thursday on preliminary charges of murder and assault.

After nightfall, nearly 300 people rallied at a candlelit vigil for the victims. Many wore T-shirts that read: “Marshall Strong.” Teens in the crowd wept and hugged, and one girl sang “Amazing Grace.”

Said the organizer of the vigil, Misti Drew: “It always happens somewhere else, you know, but this week it was our community.”