Survivors remember 4th anniversary of Knoxville church shooting

| July 30, 2012

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – It was a Sunday morning four years ago when a gunman opened fire at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger were killed. Six others were wounded.

East Tennesseans were reminded of the tragedy last week in the wake of the Colorado theater massacre.

For retired professor and author Joe Barnhart, life has changed profoundly. He tries to focus on the future, but said he thinks every day about Kraeger, his close friend and writing partner, who died next to him in the sanctuary that day.

"I heard the noise. I thought it was part of the play or a firecracker, and then I saw Linda Kraeger lying on the floor," Barnhart said.

He and his brother, Jack, along with his sister-in-law, Betty, and daughter, Linda Chavez, were all wounded in the attack.

"Luckily I got shot in the lungs and the head, nothing serious," Barnhart said. "My daughter, Linda, her eye is pretty much gone."

The family has physically recovered as much as possible. The grandchildren, who were there that day, have had counseling, but they miss their Aunt Linda.

 

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