Mom of Teen Killed in Ky. Shooting Got One Final Call

Meanwhile, prosecutors will try to get case moved to adult court
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2018 6:03 AM CST
Students embrace following a prayer vigil at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Ky., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Paducah, Ky. The gathering was held for the victims of the Marshall County High...   (Ryan Hermens/The Paducah Sun via AP)

(Newser) – Bailey Holt was one of two 15-year-olds killed in Tuesday's school shooting in Benton, Ky., and her anguished mother describes a final phone call—one that was both full of clamor and silent. Secret Holt tells WKRN that after she heard there was a shooting she started calling her daughter's phone; Bailey didn't answer. Then, the phone rang. "She called me and all I could hear was voices, chaos in the background. She couldn't say anything and I tried to call her name over and over and over and she never responded." Holt said she learned her daughter—an "amazing" kid who wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse—had been killed after waiting for her to get off the buses that took the student body to another school.

Bailey never emerged, and the Marshall County High School principal approached Bailey's parents and officials broke the news. Meanwhile, the Courier Journal reports prosecutors say they will ask a judge to move the unnamed shooter's case from juvenile to adult court. In addition to the murder charges against him, the 15-year-old faces 12 counts of first-degree assault, which Assistant County Attorney Jason Darnall explains is "a little easier to prove than attempted murder" but carries the same penalty. If the teen is charged as an adult, his name would be released, reports WSMV, which highlights the oddity of his name being kept under wraps while at the same time being an "open secret" in Marshall County. (Read more school shooting stories.)

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