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Kentucky players show support for shooting victims at practice

Kentucky men’s basketball players displayed #MarshallCountyStrong/#PrayforMarshall wristbands at practice Friday in the Joe Craft Center.
Kentucky men’s basketball players displayed #MarshallCountyStrong/#PrayforMarshall wristbands at practice Friday in the Joe Craft Center.

Two days after the tragic school shooting in Marshall County, Kentucky players showed their support for the victims by donning #MarshallStrong wristbands at their Friday practice.

“Thinking about everyone in Marshall County. You’re on all of our minds here. #PrayForMarshall #MarshallStrong,” UK Coach John Calipari said on Twitter with a photo of the group with their wrists together in a huddle.

At least two former UK players, Karl-Anthony Towns and Patrick Patterson, as well as UK women’s player Maci Morris have also tweeted out messages of support since the incident.

Two 15-year-old students were killed and 18 others were injured when a student opened fire at the high school near Benton in Western Kentucky. A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the shootings.

In the news conference following Tuesday’s game, Calipari spoke about the shootings, saying he was “literally nauseous” when he saw the news.

“Parents were racing there to get their children. Could you imagine that drive to that school not knowing if your child had been killed or not?” Calipari said.

“We got issues that we gotta deal with, and we’re not going to do them fighting each other,” he continued. “And, ‘I win, you lose.’ Win win! How about that one? Win, win! Not, ‘I win, you lose.’ For all of us. If that makes sense.”

Wristbands like the ones worn are being sold by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. Money raised will go toward the victims and their families, a Facebook post said.

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