Community helping Cumberland Co. shooting victim's family

BURKESVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - It was high noon, as people headed downtown to pray.

"It's a small rural community, everybody knows each other, everyone knows everyone's family," said Rev. Mark Shelton of the Burkesville Baptist Church.

And many know the Sparks family, so the national day of prayer event included a prayer for them.

"You know they are hurting. We pray God will be with them. Help guide them through this. Pray community helps them as well," said Shelton.

Mark Shelton is counseling the family after the death of 2-year-old Caroline Sparks.

"You can't understand God's ways, but I believe God can use the worst of tragedies, use it for something good," he said.

Not just the family but Shelton says he's also been counseling first responders, those who worked for an hour trying to save the little girl's life.

"They were called upon. They acted heroically. Did what they needed to do," he said.

Many question why it happened and could it have been prevented.

"You know there's going to be many opinions...gun control. All of those things are going to come up. Our main concern is helping this family to heal," he said.

Showing that when something bad's an opportunity for people to come together.

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