Teenage girl killed in Kentucky shooting called her mother before she died
Bailey Holt was one of the victims killed in the Kentucky high school shooting at Marshall County High School on Tuesday. Now heartbreaking new details have been released that reveal that the 15-year-old attempted to call her mother before dying at the scene of the shooting.
Secret Holt, Bailey’s mother, told ABC news affiliate WKRN that she could barely hear Bailey’s voice through the chaos. “She couldn’t say anything and I tried to call her name over and over and over and she never responded.”
Bailey’s parents rushed to the scene of the shooting, but could not get through the chaos. However, her mother said she knew something was wrong when she didn’t see her daughter on any of the buses used to transport surviving students. Bailey’s parents were escorted by the school’s principal in a cop car before receiving the news about their daughter’s death at the local fire station.
The shooter, a fellow student who will not be identified as he is a juvenile, was arrested at the scene of the shooting after opening fire in the school’s common area, killing Bailey and 15-year-old Preston Ryan Cope and injuring 18 others. He is currently facing charges of murder and attempted murder.
Holt described her daughter Bailey as a sweet child who loved to help others. “She was just so kind-hearted and the most amazing kid anybody could ask for,” Holt said. “Her smile could light up the room.”
Bailey, a sophomore at Marshall County had already decided that she would dedicate her life to helping others as a labor and delivery nurse. Her father Jasen Holt described her as “an angel here on earth,” and her mother said that she would pray for the shooter, but was not sure she would ever be able to face him.
“I want him to pay for everything he’s done,” Secret Holt said. “I also want to pray for him, too, because I know he’s probably having a hard time too, but…he still took my baby from me. Whatever that kid had going through his mind, I don’t know. But if he needed a friend, I know [Bailey] would’ve been a friend to him…because that’s just the kind of person she was.”
Our hearts and thoughts are with Bailey’s parents and the members of the Marshall County community affected by this tragedy.