Winchester community mourns the loss of teens who died after shooting

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - The Winchester community is mourning the loss of two teens whose lives were cut short.

Kayla Holland, 16, and Adrianna Castro, 16, were shot Tuesday night on Washington Street.

"You just wouldn't think that something like this would happen in Winchester," said Holland's classmate, Stephanie Thacker.

On Thursday, family and friends gathered outside of the courthouse for a vigil honoring the teens.

Friends describe Holland as someone who could light up a room.

"She was really sweet and really funny," Thacker said. "She always put everyone in a good mood."

The same goes for Castro who had a zest for life.

"She was always smiling," said Castro's cousin, Nekara Khawaja. "She was just so full of life."

Pastor Ryan Dotson of Lighthouse World Outreach Center planned the service saying he wanted to help the community heal.

"The only way to heal grief is to grieve," Dotson said. "So, we wanted to let them know it's OK to cry. It's OK to let these things out. Tears are for a reason."

The crowd sang Amazing Grace as they held candles in memory of the teenage girls. It was a gesture that meant a lot to their families.

"It makes me have hope," Khawaja said. "I hope they get the closure that they need and we find that as well."

Police arrested four people for complicity to murder. They are still looking for a fifth person of interest in the case.

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