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Memorial Service For School Shooting Anniversary

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PADUCAH, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's been 20 years since a student walked into Heath High School in Paducah and opened fire on about 20 others gathered in a prayer circle.

A somber memorial service was held Friday morning on the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Heath High School shooting.

Nicole Hadley, Jessica James and Kayce Steger died in the shooting. Five other students were injured.

Since the shooting, Heath High School has become the middle school.

"I can smile now," said Sabrina Steger, mother of Kayce, who was just 15 when she was killed. "You know 20 years ago, anything I saw I was just in tears constantly. But I remember all the good times."

It's a reality Christina Ellegood knows all too well. Her sister was 14-year-old Nicole Hadley. Their mother says the memorial means her daughter did not die in vain.

"It's just an honor," she said. "It means a lot to know that people still car and it helps. It really helps."

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was also held for a new memorial across the street from the school.

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