In Santa Clarita, a church grapples with the aftermath of a deadly school shooting

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LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Soon after a 16-year-old shot and killed two of his classmates and wounded three others at Saugus High School on Thursday (Nov. 14), Grace Baptist Church Senior Pastor David Hegg and members of his church opened their doors to the community.

Faculty and students came to the church — just a few miles from the school — where grief counselors were on hand. Police officers questioned witnesses at the church about what they saw during the shooting.

Mourners also gathered at Grace Baptist for a night of prayer just hours after the shooting struck the Santa Clarita community.