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Vigil held for Nelson County murder victims

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - They came to demand justice, while beginning the healing process.

On Thursday night, a community shocked by a double murder more than one week ago, came together to honor the victims.

Police found Kathy Netherland and her 16-year-old daughter, Samantha, dead in their Nelson County home.

Police have not made any arrests for the murders.

A crowd of more than one hundred people gathered outside the Nelson County Justice Center for a vigil Thursday.

This is a community that has already felt the pain and heartache of an unsolved murder. The murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis remains unsolved, nearly a year later.

"It's kind of crazy that nearly a year later something like this would happen, but everybody is pulling together and trying to get through this," David Phelps, who lives in Bardstown, said.

"This is a wonderful little town. It's just, I think everybody needs to mourn and do it together," Kyra Greenwall, who lives near the Netherland home, said.

While answers are hard to come by, the community knows it will never be enough to bring back a teacher and a bright high school student, with a future that will no longer be fulfilled.

"Of course we're praying for swift justice, but she's still gone and that won't bring her back. So our hearts are just a little empty," Rebecca Mudd said.

Many people in the crowd wore purple and light blue, which were Kathy and Samantha Netherland's favorite colors.


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