Funeral arrangements set for 2 killed in shooting, Cope family makes statement

Preston Cope

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY – We are hearing from the family of 15-year-old Preston Cope for the first time Thursday. The teen was killed in Tuesday’s shooting at Marshall County High School.

The family on Thursday graciously gave Local 6 permission to use the photograph we have included with this story, and they provided the following statement:

“We would first like to thank the Marshall County teachers, staff, first responders, the community, and the entire nation for your outpouring of love and support. Preston loved everyone. He had no enemies. He was caring, compassionate, and had the biggest heart. He loved life. He loved his family.

Our hearts go out to all of the victims and the students that had to witness this senseless tragedy. We know that everyone did everything they could do to help Preston. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone that was affected, and we ask that you continue to respect our privacy at this time.”

Bailey Holt, photo courtesy of her mother, Secret Holt.

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Preston and for Bailey Holt, who was also killed in the shooting.

A visitation for Preston and Bailey will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Marshall County High School gym.

Another visitation for Preston is listed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28. It will also be held in the school gym. A funeral service for Preston will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, and it will be held in the high school gym as well.

A funeral service for Bailey will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Twin Lakes Worship Center in Benton.

The arrangements for the two teens whose lives were cut so tragically short are being handled by Collier Funeral Home in Benton. To read the full obituary for Preston, click here. To read the full obituary for Bailey, click here. If you knew them, you can also leave remembrances and your condolences in sections of those obituary pages at the Collier Funeral Home website.

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