Police patrol the perimeter at Marshall County High School Jan. 23 in Benton, Kentucky, after a gunman opened fire. Two were killed and several more people were injured. The shooter and his mother have ties to the Golden Triangle. Photo by: Matt Stone/Louisville Courier Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK
January 30, 2018 10:14:24 AM
The alleged shooter of a high school in Kentucky and his mother have ties to the Golden Triangle.
Gabe Parker, 15, who faces two counts of murder and 12 counts of first-degree assault after opening fire in a southwestern Kentucky high school, attended Armstrong Middle School in Starkville from fall 2013 to spring 2015 while his mother, Mary Minyard, worked for area newspapers.
Parker was a band student at Armstrong as well as at Marshall County High School.
Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District spokesperson Nicole Thomas declined to comment on Parker's time at Armstrong.
Minyard began working at The Starkville Daily News and later The Daily Times Leader in West Point, from April 2013 until February 2015, according to The Starkville Daily.
Former Starkville Daily publisher Don Norman declined to comment about Minyard's time at the newspaper.
Minyard now works at the Marshall County Daily Online, an online newspaper serving the Benton, Kentucky area in southwestern Kentucky. Attempts to reach editors at that publication by press time were unsuccessful.
Parker was arrested Jan. 23 at Marshall County High School, where he allegedly shot and killed two students and injured 18 more. Minyard learned her son was a suspect when she arrived at the scene to cover the shooting. She has declined repeated requests from media to comment.
Parker's case is currently in juvenile court, but prosecutors have said they plan to charge him as an adult, according to reports from The Louisville Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky.
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