MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– The teammates of one of the students killed in a shooting earlier this year at Marshall County High School got a surprise Monday.
Superintendent Trent Lovett tweeted a photo of a personalized baseball glove. He said that everyone on the baseball team at Marshall County High received one in honor of their teammate 15-year-old Preston Cope.
Cope and 15-year-old Bailey Holt were killed in the shooting at the school on January 23.
“He never really left in the first place, he just isn’t here physically,” said Cope’s teammate Riley Harris.
In the months since the shooting, Cope has been memorialized in many different ways through baseball, in the outfield, on caps, on uniforms. Now, the team will have gloves to match.
Each glove is unique but alike. They are customized for each player, but all of them bear Preston Cope’s name and number.
Cope’s parents handed the gloves out to all 27 players this week.
“Tears come to my eyes,” said Preston’s father, Brian Cope. “These boys, they are like brothers. I know Preston would be so proud.
16-year-old Gabriel Parker is charged with two counts of murder and 14 counts of assault in connection with the shooting.
The gloves are courtesy of Wilson Sporting Goods. The team is planning to use the gloves next season in honor of Preston.
What an awesome gesture by Wilson Sporting Goods! Each of Preston Cope’s teammates received a personalized glove! Thank you to Wilson Sporting Goods! pic.twitter.com/g1bvAH3Mjm
— Trent Lovett (@trentlovett) October 29, 2018