Posted: Dec 9, 2012 5:41 PM by Eric Ross
Updated: Dec 9, 2012 5:42 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS- It's been five years since the deadly shooting at New Life Church off Voyager and Interquest Parkway on the northeast side of town.
For the first time since the shooting, the anniversary falls during Sunday worship.
Sunday morning, a special ceremony was held in honor of the two teenage sisters who lost their lives in the attack.
Nothing could have prepared the Works family for what happened Dec. 9, 2007.
As worshippers attended church service, Matthew Murray, 24, opened fire.
Stephanie Works, 18 was killed instantly.
Her sister, Rachel, 16, later died at a local hospital.
While Pastor Brady Boyd says the shootings could have destroyed the church, just the opposite happened following the unfortunate incident.
"The tragedy of that day only welded us together stronger," he said.
Memorial stones and benches sit outside the church.
Inside, a resilient group of worshippers prayed for the family during the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
"New Life has seen a remarkable revival of hope," Boyd said.
Although the service reflected on the dark past, it was more focused on the brighter future ahead.
"It was powerful to be together, to remember, reflect, and celebrate," Boyd said.
Murray began his shooting rampage at New Life 12 hours after killing two staff members at a missionary church in Arvada.
Security guard Jeanne Assam returned fire during the attack at New Life, wounding Murray.
Murray then shot and killed himself.