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Beshear orders flags to half-staff in remembrance of Nashville school-shooting victims

By: - March 28, 2023 10:05 am

The Covenant School, where seven people, including the shooter, died in a mass shooting in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday March 27, 2023 (Photo by John Partipilo)

Gov. Andy Beshear has directed that flags at state office buildings be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday “in honor and remembrance of the victims of the acts of violence perpetrated on March 27 in Nashville, Tennessee,” according to a release from the governor’s office.

Three children and three adult staff members were killed in the mass shooting Monday at The Covenant School, a private Christian school in Nashville’s Green Hills neighborhood.

Among the victims are three 9-year-old children: Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney. The adult victims are Cynthia Peak, 61,  Mike Hill, 61, and Katherine Koonce, 60. Police said Peak was a substitute teacher, Hill a custodian and Koonce Covenant’s head of school.

The shooter, identified as 28-year-old Nashville native Audrey Elizabeth Hale, was killed by responding officers, according to police. Hale is believed to be a former student of the school, Nashville Police Chief John Drake said.

Beshear  encouraged individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the commonwealth to join in this tribute. Flag status information is available at https://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.

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