BENTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- The sun set on a tragic day for a close-knit community in Benton on Tuesday, but the effects of the day will stick with the community forever. 

Dozens came together to cry and pray as a group after a shooting at Marshall County High School that killed two 15-year-old students and injured 18 others.

Briensburg Baptist Church opened its doors to the grieving community. The church partnered with other churches in the area to give the public a peaceful and safe place to grieve. 

The pastor at the church said it's faith that helps keep the community strong. 

"This community needs to heal. We're broken right now, but we're not defeated," said Brad Walker, the Pastor of Briensburg Baptist Church. "We just want to share the love of Christ by being together, loving on one another, leaning on one another, and we're going to cry, we're going to pray, and we're going to support these families that are hurting tonight."

A counseling center will be set up for anyone who needs beginning Wednesday. it at the old Pepsi Bottling Plant at 1531 Highway 641 North from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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