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After school shooting, Bevin orders state flags lowered to half-staff

Two students hugged after a prayer circle Wednesday at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah. The students gathered to pray for the students at Marshall County High School who were killed or injured during the shooting Tuesday.
Two students hugged after a prayer circle Wednesday at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah. The students gathered to pray for the students at Marshall County High School who were killed or injured during the shooting Tuesday. Courier-Journal/AP

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has ordered the state flag to be lowered to half-staff until sunset Tuesday to show support for the Marshall County community.

Two 15-year-old students were killed and 18 were injured when a 15-year-old gunman entered Marshall County High School and opened fire Tuesday morning.

Several students who witnessed the shooting described it in detail to the Herald-Leader on Wednesday.

Bevin was in Marshall County just a few hours after the shooting.

“May this serve as a visual reminder to all of us that we must come together in love and solidarity during this time of heartbreak and mourning and in the months and years that follow,” he said in a statement Thursday. “Together, let us commit to honor the memory of those that were lost and pray for the Marshall County community during the hard days ahead. United we stand; divided we fall.”

Bevin encouraged all Kentuckians, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join this show of support for Marshall County.

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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