Photos: Sutherland Springs church, Texas opens for the first time since the massacre

November 13, 2017 9:24 pm

The small-town Texas church where 26 people were massacred has been cleaned out and painted completely white in a chilling tribute to the shooting victims.

Hundreds of people crowded into a white tent near the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday for the first church service since 26 people were gunned down last week

A temporary memorial opened on Sunday inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs – exactly a week after the gunman stormed in and unleashed the worst mass shooting in Texas’ history. The inside of the church has been transformed with its walls, floor and pulpit painted completely white. Broken windows and ceiling tiles have been replaced and bullet holes filled. The church’s pews, the carpet and all equipment have been removed.

A temporary memorial opened on Sunday inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs - a week after a gunman killed 26 people
The church has been painted white and 26 empty chairs have been placed inside inscribed with the names of the victims, including one for the unborn baby (above) of a pregnant victim
The inside of the church has been transformed with its walls, floor and pulpit painted completely white
The chairs have also been arranged in the spots where the victims were sitting during the Sunday service
Broken windows and ceiling tiles have been replaced and bullet holes filled. The church's pews, the carpet and all equipment have been removed
A group prays together as they wait to enter the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church to view a memorial
Each chair has been adorned with a single rose and has been inscribed in gold with the name of the victims
Chairs and roses show where Marc and Noah Holcombe were found dead after the massacre at the First Baptist Church
A Bible open to the book of Proverbs is seen at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday after a memorial to those killed opened
Robert and Lisa Kumz visited the memorial on Sunday after a service was held in a nearby tent
Mark Collins, a previous pastor at First Baptist, said constructing the memorial wasn't an easy decision. Some congregants said they needed to see it for closure
Congregants and the families of victims were allowed inside the church on Sunday where many of them knelt and prayed
Hundreds of people crowded into a white tent near the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday for the first church service since 26 people were gunned down last week
Mourners enter the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church to view a memorial Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas
Sunday's service came a week after 26 members of the congregation were gunned down when Devin Kelley stormed in an opened fire
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