A man accused in a mass shooting at a church in Antioch awaits his next trial date. And while the victims and their families move forward, the mom and daughter of Melanie Crow, who was the only person killed, is hoping to keep her memory alive.
It was more than one year ago, on September 24, that Melanie Crow was taken too soon.
Just after a Sunday service, police say Emmanuel Samson entered the church with a gun, after killing Melanie Crow in the parking lot.
Six others were also shot.
“The news push came through that there was a shooting at a church in Antioch.”
Bridget Polson, Melanie’s sister, was not in town the morning of the shooting.
She and mother Sheila Crow spoke Saturday for the first time publicly.
“Honestly this is the first time that any of us have spoken to the press because it was so traumatizing, we were in shock,” said Bridget.
Their mission Saturday was one of remembrance. They returned to Burnette Chapel, where a tree and a bench now stand in honor of Melanie.
“The church was nice enough to do all this extra work,” said Bridget.
They hope now, as this case moves forward, that Melanie is remembered as more than a footnote. More than a victim. But a symbol of hope for a church trying to turn the page.
“This was my sister, her daughter, and she was a mother, and it’s just about remembering her as a person,” said Bridget.
“I just want Melanie to be remembered and we want justice for her,” said Sheila Crow.
The suspect, Emanuel Samson, has pleaded not guilty in this case.
Bridget says justice for them would be life in prison without pa