Faith leaders try to help students deal with the loss of two Winchester teens

Published: Nov. 8, 2017 at 5:02 PM EST
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"In the 23rd Psalm David wrote 'Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me'. So, right now our community is walking through the valley of the shadow of death and it's particularly hard because it's our young people that are traversing that valley. They're really feeling the darkness of that shadow, so that's tough."

Forrest Hahn says he received a call on Tuesday night from another area minister saying that two students died in Winchester.

Kayla Holland, 16, attended George Rogers Clark High School and Adrianna Kastro, 16, was a student at the Phoenix Academy. Both teens lost their lives in a shooting at an apartment complex. Police arrested four people for the crime and are searching for a fifth suspect.

"There was a lot of tears," Hahn said. "A good number of young people that are hit with this, 'I can't believe this is happening... thought we'd see this in other places in our nation, or in our world but not here.'"

Hahn is a minister at a church near the high school. He went to the school on Wednesday morning to help support the students. Hahn says he was frank with students. He doesn't have all the answers, but he's hoping students will find peace and hope for the days ahead.

"As we look around, we see things that bother us that are tough, that are very, very hard to process and grieve, and yet our faith teaches us to look up. That's what we need to do as the faith community is encourage our people to look up."