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Hundreds gather for prayer walk in Bardstown for murdered mother, daughter

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- The community of Bardstown gathered Friday evening to remember Kathy and Samantha Netherland, the mother and daughter who police say were murdered inside their home earlier this week.

While police are trying to figure out who's responsible for the death of the Netherlands, hundreds of people showed up for a prayer walk because they say it's therapeutic to be with one another.

On a still spring night in April, in the quiet community of Bardstown,  fellow teachers, classmates and friends walked in silence, side by side, to honor Kathy and Samantha Netherland.

 "No one really understands why they would target Miss Netherland and Samantha personally," Bailee Correro told WDRB.

Officials say the two were murdered inside their home Tuesday, leaving police looking for answers and friends needing to mourn. 

"I know many of us wanted to do something but didn't know what to do," said a friend at the vigil.

Friends say 16-year-old Samantha was a delight to be around. 

"She was always so sweet. She was always quiet but when she said something it was always meaningful," said Bardstown High School senior Savannah Fikes.

We're told Kathy was a teacher and Samantha was a sophomore, both in the Bardstown school system.

Friends say their mysterious deaths have been difficult for everyone.

 "Though we may go through hardships and things may get tough, we're always going to be there for each other and no one has to go through anything by themselves," said Corerro, also a Bardstown High School senior.

Friday night's prayer walk was a reminder of that support. 

"One thing positive to say about the whole situation is that it's really brought us together and instead of drifting from each other and being scared and acting out against each other and pushing everyone away, we've all come in as a community to help each other and that shows significant character here in Bardstown. It shows you how small this town really is and how we can make a difference in the lives of each other," Corerro told WDRB.

 "I think everyone has their own ways of coping but I think everyone being together and showing our community that we are together, it helps put on a strong front," said Fikes.

Kentucky State Police are now looking for anyone with surveillance video in the Botland community to help search for suspects.


If you have any information, you are asked to contact KSP Post 4 at 270-766-5078.

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