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Jan 22, 2013 10:13 PM

Hazard Community College Holds Vigil To Remember Three Killed

The case of a Perry County man accused in the murders of three people, including a 12-year-old girl, has been waived to a grand jury.

Accused gunman, Dalton Stidham, is charged with three counts of murder in connection with last Tuesday night's shooting outside Hazard Community and Technical College. Caitlin Cornett, 20 years old, and her 53 year-old uncle, Jackie "Douglas," died at the scene. Jackie's 12 year-old daughter, Taylor, died the next day at UK hospital.

A week after the shooting, people gathered at the community college where the Cornetts were killed, to remember them.

"The community has shown us an outpouring of love that we could never hope for or expect," said Patti Lasslo, a family member. "On behalf of the family, I would like to say thank you, and they'll never know how much this meant to us. You get through it one day at a time, one hour at a time, and my sister, who has lost her husband and child and her niece, has been very strong."

A few hundred feet from the horrific tragedy, people light candles, remembering the three lives cut short.

"I just wanted to be able to pay my respects and let the community know that I care," said Lana Medlin.

Lana and Rex Medlin didn't know the Cornetts, but they are teachers at HCTC, where Caitlin was a student.

"There's overwhelming sadness and confusion in the students and the classroom," Rex said.

"Everyone thinks that well this might have happened to me, how lucky am I?" Lana said.

They are here, like so many in this room, to remind the Cornett family, they aren't alone.


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