It's a truly sad day
July 27, 2008 2:57pm CST
I'm deeply saddened and angered by this act of violence today. A man came into a Universalist church in my city today and shot 6 people, killing 1 and leaving 5 critically injured. They still don't know why this man did this. He is not believed to be affiliated with the church in any way. Right now it is just believed to be a random act of violence. I have my suspicions that this man picked this particular church because this is a very open church to all religions and openly accepts homosexuals into the church. And the scary part for me is that my husband and I just yesterday were talking about visiting this church. Had we not slept in this morning we would have gone today and we could have been one of the victims. Now this shooting is not going to keep me away from this church. I have always wanted to visit there and see if we like it. This just makes me want to go there that much more and show my support for the families that were affected by this shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with them. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jul/27/church-shooting-leaves-several-injured/
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27 Jul 08
Unbelievable! Yet another senseless shooting! I don't understand why people do this? I was in Knoxville 2 years ago for a week long event called CHIC (Covenant High in Christ). It was held at the University of Tennessee. All the people that I met there were very nice, which really has nothing to do with the shooting, but just wanted to point out that there are wonderful people in that area of the country. I certainly would not let the shooting hold me back from attending that church. I agree that you should show support for the families involved. It will take a very long time for them. There was a shooting in a store in Omaha, NE last December. I think there were 6 people killed if I remember right. There were several others shot but survived. They were just on the news recently as to how they are coping. Its a very long process. My thoughts and prayers will certainly go out to the church in Knoxville.
28 Jul 08
Hi cynddvs! Oh that is horrible! I hope and pray for all the families of the victims. May forgiveness have some space in their hearts somehow. I feel very sad about this and I do hope that things like this will never happen again. Take care and God Bless!
28 Jul 08
Hi cynddvs, I too was deeply saddened to hear of this. The man was very likely a fanatic, who was upset that the church is so accepting of all. Whether he attended any church or not, he is most certainly mentally ill. You were fortunate to have slept in this morning, but I'm pleased that you plan on visiting the church anyway, and showing your support. This sounds like a church that is following the teachings of Christ. I hope there will be many more like it. Blessings.