Grief, fear haunt Nashville as residents gather to mourn in wake of Covenant shooting

by | Mar 30, 2023 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Six crosses stood near the entrance of the road leading to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville. One for each of the victims of Monday’s mass shooting at the elementary school run by the church.Three 9-year-old students. Three adults, including the head of the school.
Behind the crosses was a sign advertising the church’s upcoming Easter services. In front of them were rows of flowers left by mourning friends and neighbors.
Among those grieving neighbors who left flowers on Wednesday (March 29) was Sabina Mohyuddin, who’d been at her nearby home on the morning of the shooting.
At first, she said, she thought there had been a traffic accident — there’s a fire station not far away and the sounds of sirens are fairly common.
Then she got the alert about the shooting and was filled with disbelief and grief.
Like many in Nashville, Mohyuddin, executive director of the Nashville-based American Muslim Advocacy Council, turned to prayer, believing God’s compassion would be with all the victims of the shootings and their families.
She also prayed something would change so these kinds of shootings, which have become all too common, would come to an end.
“You can’t go back to life as normal,” she said in a phon …

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