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Texas Church Is Turned Into Powerful Public Memorial Following Mass Shooting

Pastor Frank Pomeroy wasn't sure if his church was going to reopen. The choices were rebuild or tear it to the ground. “There’s too many that do not want to go back in there,” he said, including Pomeroy himself. Three days earlier Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the Baptist church during Sunday service and killed 26 people, including Pomeroy's 14-year-old-daughter Annabelle. 

Yesterday the church reopened. Instead of tearing it down, Pomeroy and the Sutherland Springs community turned the church into a memorial for the 26 lives taken on November 5. "Rather than choose darkness as that young man did that day, we choose life."

The church had been completely emptied and painted white from floor to ceiling. Twenty-six white chairs, each painted with the name of a victim, were placed around the church where they had been sitting. 

In a nearby baseball field, a white tent accommodated visitors attending the memorial service.  

H/T: Twitter, CNN