Today we honor Bailey Holt, a 15-year-old victim of the recent school shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, had many ties to our nursing community and would’ve been an honorable addition to the field. Bailey had dreamed of going to school to become a labor/delivery nurse, and already had everything planned out to pursue her dream when her life was suddenly taken while attending school.
Her friends remember Bailey as a positive person, never having anything negative to say. She was with her boyfriend, Gage, when the shooting occurred. Gage was shot in the face during the tragedy and airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he is in stable condition. Another student, Preston Cope, also lost his life in the shooting after succumbing to head injuries while in transit to Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Bailey’s ties to our community run deep. Her cousin, Suzann Young, has worked for a prominent medical uniform store, Uniform Headquarters, in Paducah, KY for almost 20 years. Michael Alexander, VP of Sales for Strategic Partners (a distributor of Medical apparel who works closely with Uniform Headquarters) added “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Holt family and those affected by this tragedy. We stand united with the victims, their families and their friends during this difficult time.”
#BeLikeBailey: Tributes to a Kind Spirit
Tracy Tubbs, who is one of Bailey’s aunts, explains the extent to which Bailey was known as a kind person – just the type of person the nursing community needed. “She shared everything; she didn’t want for anything, and she was very simple. It just makes me so sad that it’s taken her death for us to share how beautiful she was inside and out, and just how extremely proud we were of her and what she was going to accomplish that, now, we will never know,” she explains. She also says that a friend suggested using the hashtag #BeLikeBailey as a reminder for others to be more like Bailey Holt. Tubbs explains that to do that, it’s simple: Just be kind.
A Loving Soul Lost
Kimberly Davis of Uniform Headquarters plans on honoring Bailey and her family with a local scholarship for an upcoming nursing student. “It deeply saddens us that the nursing field has lost a potential compassionate and loving soul. Today, Bailey’s parents are planning to make arrangements for their sweet angel; I cannot imagine what they are going through,” she says. “I do know they find comfort in learning what a blessing their daughter was to many; she was a kind, easy-to-love young lady. The nursing community would have been honored to have her.”