Church Pastor Creates Seat Memorial for Uvalde Shooting Victims

Ekene Ikeme--Alameda residents placed flowers and balloon around a memorial for the victims of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting.

Church Pastor Creates Seat Memorial for Uvalde Shooting Victims

Twin Towers United Methodist Church Pastor Emily Lin found a unique way to memorialize the 21 victims who died in a domestic terrorist incident Tuesday, May 24, at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.

Lin placed 19 school seats on the front steps of the church at 1411 Oak St. to represent the 19 elementary school children killed by gunman Salvador Rolando, 18. Lin also placed two folding chairs to represent the two teachers who died last Tuesday. One name of a victim is posted on each seat.

The memorial was set up shortly after the incident took place. Since then, people have added to the memorial by placing flowers and balloons on the front steps of the church. Also, someone left a bag of Oreos near one school seat and an apple was put on each folding chair.

The signage display in front of the church reads, “Let us transform our tears into action,” which is attributed to Lin.

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft wrote in her message to Alameda residents that she was part of a group of more than 200 mayors across the country that re-issued a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for immediate passage of the Bipartisan Background Check Act and Enhanced Background Checks Act.