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Posted: November 13, 2017

Texas church shooting: Sutherland Springs sanctuary reopens as solemn memorial

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Texas church shooting: Sutherland Springs sanctuary reopens as solemn memorial
A memorial for the victims of the shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church includes 26 white chairs, each painted with a cross and and rose, is displayed in the church Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community last week, killing more than two dozen. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas —

One week after a gunman killed more than two dozen people at a Texas church, the sanctuary reopened to the public Sunday as a solemn tribute to the victims.

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According to The Associated Press, the inside of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was emptied and painted white. Roses were placed on 26 chairs that bore the name of each victim, including an unborn baby. A cross and Bible opened to the passage planned for last week also were on display as recordings of the victims played, CNN reported.

>> See photos from the memorial here


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