Sutherland Springs Church Honors Victims With Memorial
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS------A small church that was a shooting scene last week is now a memorial.
The First Baptist Church opened its doors to the public for the first time since the massacre.
Nearly a thousand people attended a church service at a field earlier this morning.
A memorial is now set inside the church to honor the lives lost with 26 chairs and red roses. Each chair marked with a name and placed in the spot where the person was gunned down.
Associate Pastor, Mark Collins says it was a difficult decision to make.
"Some of course don't want to sit in this building again and others said I need to," Collins said.
The once bullet-ridden church, now plastered and painted from the inside and out.
Zeke Cazares recalls the last time he visited the church.
"And I mean if walls could talk, if that cross could talk… I mean I can't imagine. But it's just the impact of this was just so… It's just still unreal to me now," Cazares said.
The church hasn't decided what they will do to the building yet. The congregation will decide whether to demolish it and build a new memorial or make a permanent one out of the existing church.