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D.C. Church Remembers Sniper Shootings 10 Years Later

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The Fourth Street-Friendship Church in Washington, D.C. honors the victims that died in the sniper shootings that took place in the region 10 years ago.
Markette Smith
The Fourth Street-Friendship Church in Washington, D.C. honors the victims that died in the sniper shootings that took place in the region 10 years ago.

In the modest sanctuary of the Fourth Street-Friendship Church, a choir makes a joyful noise in remembrance of a painful past.

It was October of 2002 during what was is now called the "three weeks of terror" that 10 people were killed and 3 wounded in the sniper attacks. Church organizer Rocky Twyman says he still remembers feeling traumatized.

"I was scared to death," he says. "I was afraid to put gas in my car, I would be looking all around."

Although Twyman and no one else in the congregation were directly impacted by the shootings, Pastor Andrew Harewood says he wanted to mark the anniversary, anyway.

"It's important to recognize that something wrong has occurred," he says. "And if people can at least pause to remember it, the intent is perhaps it will not happen again."

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