Antioch Waffle House prepares to reopen after mass shooting

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While the crime scene tape still surrounds the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Road, some employees are getting the restaurant ready to reopen following the deadly mass shooting early Sunday morning. 

News 2’s cameras were rolling as crews took down the boards and replaced the windows that had been shattered by the gunfire at the front of the diner. 

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Management said the scene inside is clean and now they are preparing to reopen. 

(Photo: WKRN)

He told News 2 a few employees are working to get the restaurant reopen, but many have been meeting at the restaurant as a gathering place to decompress following the horrifying shooting that claimed four lives and injured several others. 

Waffle House officials said they are likely to include some sort of memorial or plaque inside once they open for the victims, but for now, they have just been focusing their efforts on their employees, their families and their customers as they grieve from this tragedy. 

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A memorial outside the door continued to grow Tuesday, as neighbors and loved ones brought teddy bears, balloons and flowers by to help those grieving. 

Four crosses with the names and photos of the four murdered victims sit near the entrance of the restaurant.  

Greg Zanis of Crosses for Losses constructed and placed the white wooden crosses near the restaurant to honor the victims. 

A PR representative for Waffle House told News 2 that right now there is no set date on when the restaurant plans to open, but an employee said she believed it would be as early as Wednesday. 

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