Bean Station mourns, prays for shooting victims

11:13 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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Community members in the Grainger County town of Bean Station gathered for a vigil to pray for the victims of the quadruple shooting at Down Home Pharmacy Friday night.

The police tape is gone, and traffic is back to normal near the small pharmacy where four people were shot this week.

But hundreds showed up with heavy hearts to listen to local pastors offer words of grief for the two men who died and prayers of support for the two women who survived the shooting.

"He sang in the choir," Faye Clonce said of her friend Richard Sommerville, a 72-year-old customer who was killed. "He just got to where he could get around without his walker. He was in Bible study every Wednesday night. He was in church every Sunday."

Sommerville died along with the store's owner and pharmacist, Stephen Lovell. Two pharmacy employees were also shot.

Gayle Bruce attended the vigil. She works for the Grainger Co. Ambulance Service and responded shortly after the gunfire.

"No words to describe it. It totally knocks the wind out of you," she said. "I couldn't breathe. I couldn't think. It's the worst thing I've ever experienced." 

Jason Bryan Holt, 37, was charged late Thursday with murder.

Pharmacy technician Alexia Gail Wilson, 45, of Morristown and Janet Colleen Clift were taken to UT Medical Center by Lifestar helicopter. The hospital would not release their conditions Friday night.

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