SUTHERLAND SPRINGS - It's been nearly two months since the horrific massacre of 26 church members in Sutherland Springs and families and survivors are still searching for peace.
A steady flow of traffic up and down 4th Street suggests business as usual. It's a route Terrie Smith travels daily.
"What's so heartbreaking is that we drive here every morning and this is the first thing that we see," Smith said. "It'll never be back to normal."
It's an unavoidable walk down memory lane where she sees flowers, notes, and pictures remembering those ripped from her close-knit church family. They were killed by a gunman while worshipping at First Baptist Church in November.
"Our community had been broken and I guess we [were] hoping that it was a nightmare and we all were going to wake up from it," Smith said.
Instead, they celebrated their first Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day without their loved ones.
"Now we reminisce on the silly things and the things that our loved ones that are gone would have done," said Smith, who added that the community gathers even more often now, to serve together, comfort survivors, and gather strength from one another. "We had a feast of sharing two weeks after [the shooting]. People came from everywhere, bringing turkeys and hams and food and we served over 500 people. It's amazing how our little community has brought a whole new world, a whole new look at life because it's different now."
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