ANTIOCH, Tenn. (USA Today) — The carpet has been pulled up from the floor of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.
Five of its congregants, including the minister, remain hospitalized for gunshot wounds.
Those who aren’t hospitalized planned to attend a funeral Thursday (Sept. 28) for Melanie Crow, who was killed as she walked out of church Sunday.
But on Wednesday night, they filed into Burnette Chapel’s fellowship hall, the same room where some had waited for hours Sunday as local police and federal agents combed through evidence left behind when a masked man opened fire, wounding seven and killing one.
Midweek service went on as it does every Wednesday at 7 p.m., though the church is still figuring out what to do with an auditorium in disarray and the cluster of reporters that continued to hover.
Catherine Dickerson slipped into the back of the fellowship hall as the room sang “It Is Well With My Soul,” a hymn about keeping the faith regardless of hardship.
Dickerson, who was shot in her left thigh Sunday, sang along.
As speakers and prayer leaders took to the front of the room, she rested her leg on a chair and closed her eyes.