The mother of a teen girl killed in a school shooting in Kentucky this week shared the harrowing story of her final attempts to reach her daughter by phone after she heard the news of the shooting.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 15-year-old Bailey Holt was killed on Tuesday when a classmate at Marshall County High School in Benton opened fire, killing Bailey and 15-year-old Preston Holt and injuring 18 others. The shooter, also 15, has not yet been identified.
Bailey’s mother told WKRN about trying to reach Bailey on the phone after she was alerted to the shooting.
“We tried and tried to call her and she didn’t answer,” Secret Holt said. “It’s not like her not to answer or text back.”
But Bailey did eventually call her mother back — although she couldn’t speak.
“She called me and all I could here was voices, chaos in the background. She couldn’t say anything and I tried to call her name over and over and over and she never responded. We rushed to the high school, and they wouldn’t let us get through.”
Amid the chaos, Bailey’s parents were not immediately notified that their daughter had died. The parents anxiously looked for her among students exiting buses that took them to another school.
“We waited and waited for her to get off the buses and she never did. The principal at North Marshal came and got me, and took us outside and we got in a cop car and they took us to the fire department and told us what had happened,” Secret told the news station.
Bailey’s parents spoke of her kindness and selflessness.
“She was perfect in every way,” Bailey’s father Jasen said. “She was an angel here on earth. She was a perfect angel.
“Even though she was 15, she had already decided her career was going to be a labor and delivery nurse,” Secret Holt said.
“She helped others… she was just so kindhearted and the most amazing kid anybody could ever ask for. Her smile could light up the room.”
[Feature image: Facebook/Bailey Holt]