Alisha Purdom was in math class at Marysville-Pilchuck High School when a classmate shot and killed four students in the cafeteria. She reflects on helping her community heal and dealing with fear that will follow her for the rest of her life.

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On Saturday, the Marysville-Pilchuck community will gather at the Snohomish County high school to remember the teenagers killed in one of the deadliest high-school shootings in the nation’s history.

In the month leading up to the one-year mark, students and staff said they weren’t sure how they’ll feel on Saturday.

“I don’t know how it (Saturday) will affect me,” said Alisha Purdom, now a senior who was in math class when the shooting occurred.

“I’m not sure if it will hit me like a wall, or in what way. I’ve grown a lot since then.”

Read Paige Cornwell’s full story: “Marysville aching, healing a year after high-school shooting”