D.C. Church Remembers Sniper Shootings 10 Years Later | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Church Remembers Sniper Shootings 10 Years Later

Play associated audio
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."

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 1

Music from West Africa and photography from South East Asia come to the D.C. area.

NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
NPR

Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.
NPR

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.