Christmas time in Sutherland Springs weeks after the shooting
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas - It's been more than six weeks since a shooter killed more than two dozen people in a Sutherland Springs Church.
Many people in the communityare now rallying together for the holidays.
"Even from people you don't know, you still get a lot of hugs," said Jimmy Stevens the brother of victim Peggy Warden. "A lot of support, a lot of caring, and a lot of prayers."
A gunman shot and killed 26 people Nov. 5 at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church. Weeks later, a roadside memorial remains standing along Highway 87. A handful of guests were still seen Thursday, leaving flowers and messages behind.
"When you lose somebody that you love, that's not just something you get over," Stevens said. "But when you lose someone that you love this way, it stings and burns deep. It hits everybody hard."
"We not strong, and a lot of where it comes from, is we are not," said Marina Pomeroy, the sister of victim Annabelle Pomeroy. "It's been through all of these prayers, and cards, that we're capable of looking up.
Relatives tell us that everyday has challenges. In fact, some days are harder than others.
"There are still days, and I think there always will be, where you're just going to have tears, and you're going to cry," Stevens said.
A small wreath is now hanging outside the church, as the community sticks together for the holidays.
"It's been very very very difficult for all of us to really celebrate Christmas, or get in the Christmas cheer," said Marina Pomeroy. "We also have families that need that encouragement."
"It'll never be the same, but the love will always be there," Stevens said "We will always honor Christ every Christmas."
For the past month the church has been holding services in a temporary tent setup across from the old chapel. This past Sunday a new, temporary building was in place for the church community to worship. Christmas Eve services are expected to be held inside that new building on Sunday.