A promise after The Covenant School shooting: "We will not forget"
A week ago Monday, Nashville was forever changed when gunfire shattered the peace of a beautiful spring morning.
Six people, including three 9-year-olds, were killed during a mass shooting at The Covenant School in Green Hills.
- Mayor John Cooper calls it the city's worst day.
The Covenant School was seen as an oasis for about 200 students and their families. Parents at the tight-knit school said their children felt safe there.
- The shooting unleashed tidal waves of grief, anger and despair.
Much remains unknown. Authorities said the shooter, who was killed by police, was a former student who intentionally targeted the school. They have yet to provide details about a motive.
As the city struggles to make sense of this senseless loss, Nashville has wrapped its arms around the families at the center of the tragedy.
- Community members have knelt and prayed at a memorial featuring pictures of the victims. Some carried copies of those pictures as they cried out for changes from state lawmakers.
- A fund started to support The Covenant School had raised more than $542,000 as of Saturday morning.
"A covenant is a promise," Metro Councilmember Russ Pulley said during a citywide vigil last week. Nashville, he said, "has already made one."
- "A promise to stand with one another during this time and hold space in our hearts for our grief and our hope."
He read the names of the victims: the students Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney and Hallie Scruggs, all 9 years old, and staff members Mike Hill, 61; Katherine Koonce, 60; and Cynthia Peak, 61.
"We will not forget them."
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