Years After Fatal Shooting, Wedgwood Church Still Refuses To Be Defined By Tragedy


MONTH AND STARTED SHOOTING. HE SURRENDERED AND CONFESSED TO POLICE WHEN CONFRONTED. THE EL PASO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS HE DOES PLAN TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY. IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY. LONG BEFORE EL PASO THE REALITY OF MASS SHOOTING HIT HOME HERE IN NORTH TEXAS. 20 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK IN FACT. AND UNEVENTFUL WEDNESDAY NIGHT. A SHOOTER CAME STORMING IN AND TOOK THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE AT A PRAYER RALLY. IT WAS 1999 I. IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT TIME THEN. IT WAS. THIS HAPPENED AT A TIME BEFORE MASS SHOOTINGS MADE REGULAR HEADLINES AND IT HAPPENED IN A PLACE WHERE THE COMMUNITY FELT SAFEST. OUR CHURCH. 20 YEARS LATER THEY ON OF THE LIVES LOST AND REFUSED TO BE DEFINED BY TRAGEDY. I WAS STANDING IN WHAT I THOUGHT WAS ONE OF THE SAFEST PLACES I COULD PROBABLY STAND. 20 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK A SHOOTER ROBBED THEM OF THEIR SENSE OF SAFETY. HE YELLED I HAVE BEEN SHOT. I HAVE BEEN SHOT. IT HAPPENED JUST 5 MONTHS AFTER COLUMBINE. SEPTEMBER 15 OF 1999. MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE GATHERED FOR THIS RALLY. JEFF WAS THE 1st TO COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE GUNMEN. HE IMMEDIATELY STARTED FIRING . HE SHOT ME TWICE AND PROCEEDED ON TO SHOOT THE PEOPLE I WAS SITTING WITH. HE KILLED 7 PEOPLE MANY OF THEM TEENAGERS. BEFORE TAKING HIS OWN LIFE. 2 DECADES LATER THEY FILLED THE VERY ROOM THE GUNMEN STORMED. IT IS A CELEBRATION OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE AND ALSO A TIME OF HEALING. THIS WEEK THEY WILL REMEMBER THE LIVES LOST TOO SOON. LIKE THIS 14-YEAR-OLD, SANDRA GRIFFIN. JUST SHY OF 15. THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT THAT FOLLOWED THAT DARK DAY. A HEALING DIRECTLY FROM COLUMBINE. IT JUST KIND OF MOOD FROM UNFORTUNATELY LOCATION TO LOCATION WHERE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAD HAPPENED. IF THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE. WE DO NOT WANT TO BE JUST KNOWN FOR THE CHURCH WHERE THE SHOOTING HAPPENED. THESE PEOPLE CHOOSE TO EMBRACE HOPE AND UNWAVERING FAITH. THE SCRIPTURE TELLS US TO COMFORT THOSE WITH THE COMFORT WE HAD BEEN GIVEN. ON SEPTEMBER 15 THE CHURCH WILL HOST A 9:30 AM SERVICE

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