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Hundreds of Thousands Raised For Marshall Co. School Shooting Victims

Posted at 2:20 PM, May 30, 2018

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (WPSD) — It has been four months since shots rang out at Marshall County High School.

"Some days are hard, some days are easy, some days I don’t even think about it," Gage Smock, who was injured in the shooting, told WPSD.

Gage was standing in the commons area of the school when a bullet hit him in the face. Fifteen others were shot, including Gage’s girlfriend, 15-year-old Bailey Holt. Bailey and 15-year-old Preston Cope both were killed in the shooting. 

"I try to keep my mind busy, my hands busy, so I don’t think about it, honestly," said Gage.

More than $630,000 has been raised for the victims by well-wishers, most of whom are strangers. Those in charge of the money are trying to determine how to split the money up.

"Hopefully, the majority of people will think we’ve done the right thing," said Steve Fisk, president of the Marshall County Rotary. 

Fisk said that between 15 and 20 percent of the money will go into an endowment for scholarships, and 30 percent already has been given to the families of Preston and Bailey. The rest will go to the 14 families of the other students who were shot.

Meanwhile, Gage continues adjusting to his new normal. He said he is determined to come out of this tragedy stronger than before. 

"You can’t let this beat you, because if you do let it beat you then you’re letting whatever’s bothering you win, and I don’t know about y’all, but I ain’t no loser," he said.