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Tree planted in lasting memory of deadly triple shooting on college campus

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

PERRY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Officials at the LKLP Safe House in Hazard recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month by holding a candlelight vigil on Tuesday evening.

This touching tribute was for the Perry County community devastated by a deadly triple shooting more than nine months ago.

A tree was planted in lasting memory of 12-year-old Taylor Cornett, 20-year-old Caitlin Cornett and 53-year-old Jackie Cornett

Caitlin Cornett's Aunt, Missy Cornett, said it was difficult being on campus but pleased to see the tree. Which she said is a symbol of hope.

"It's really hard and bittersweet; but at least there's something good going on today," said Missy Cornett.

She stands strong, but Missy said the emotional scars from that January day are still fresh.

"Doug was the kindest person I ever knew, Taylor loved life and Caitlin was a sweetie, she enjoyed being a mother," Missy Cornett said.

She said the flames reflected from the candlelight serve as a reminder of the continuous support from their community.

"It means a lot when people remember, but it's still really fresh and it's hard when you have someone taken away from you and I had three," Missy Cornett said.

To heal from the tragedy —other family members said they are doing what may surprise a lot of people.

"You've got to forgive everybody that's involved in this situation," said the Father Jackie Cornett. "Not one, but everybody."

Family members said it's just good to know this community has not forgotten.

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