Christian Chronicle

An emotional return

Worship center reopens at site of deadly Texas church shooting.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

Visible scars were gone — the bullet holes, the bloodstained carpet — as the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, made an emotional return to its worship center Sunday.

Eight months after a gunman opened fire during the Lord’s Supper, new blue-cushioned pews, reconfigured walls and a lowered ceiling greeted the close-knit congregation west of Fort Worth.

“When you first walk in, it’s almost overwhelming,” Glenda White said. “It’s not the same place. 

“It is very beautiful,” she added. “But in my heart, it hurts because it had to be changed.”

It had to be changed because of the Dec. 29 shooting that claimed the lives of her husband, Richard White, 67, and deacon Anton “Tony” Wallace, 64.

The church’s security team leader, Jack Wilson, returned fire and killed the gunman, identified as Keith Thomas Kinnunen, 43. Authorities and fellow Christians said Wilson’s immediate response saved countless lives in the crowd of 240. 

Ron Rutledge kneeled over his wounded friends and tried to help that traumatic Lord’s Day.

He couldn’t bring himself to go into the renovated auditorium for Sunday’s assembly.

This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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