Past and present members of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, shared an emotional moment after Friday afternoon’s verdict.
A jury found Emanuel Samson guilty on all 43 counts in a shooting spree that took place at the Church on September 24, 2017.
Churchgoers hugged, cried and embraced one another outside the courtroom; some congregants told News 2 that the verdict brings some closure after the horrific tragedy.
Others shared stories of forgiveness, saying they hope Samson can find his faith again.
“I have forgiven him, yes, and I think that’s what we’re required to do as Christians. I pray that someone in the clergy community definitely is reaching out to him and I pray that he gets God back in his heart,” said Brenda Enderson, a survivor of the shooting.
One church member told News 2 that she knew Samson from when he attended the Church with his cousins, about four years ago. She said the shooting has left her and others with lingering questions.
“They got baptized there (Burnette Chapel)… they re-dedicated their Christian lives there. If we were having an event, they were there to help….’What can we do?’. They talked about doing missionary work and becoming missionaries themselves. And that’s what I don’t know, my big question the whole time has been ‘Why’ and that hasn’t really been answered and I don’t think that it’s probably going to get answered. But I’m better, I’m better,” said Armilla Bishop, a survivor of the shooting.