Schentrups deliver emotional plea to end gun violence

Schentrups deliver emotional plea to end gun violence

Philip Schentrup speaks to those attending the public witness against gun violence on July 8. His daughter, Carmen, was among those killed Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Evelyn Schentrup watches. The family are members of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs, Florida. Photo: Melodie Woerman/Episcopal News Service [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] On the gentle slopes of Brush Square Park in downtown Austin and under the canopy of live oak trees, hundreds gathered on July 8 to hear gut-wrenching testimony from Philip and April Schentrup, Episcopalians whose daughter Carmen was one of 17 students and educators killed by a gunman at Parkland, Florida’s, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here . Standing on a stage surrounded by dozens of bishops, the Schentrups shared their grief and emotional journey in the aftermath of their daughter’s murder on Feb. 14, 2018. “I was unable to talk, unable to eat, unable to sleep, barely able to carry on,” Philip Schentrup said as his wife, April, son, Robert, and daughter, Evelyn, stood at his side. “I was filled with anger and despair,” he said. “Why would God take my daughter from my family, why would God take one of the most incredible people I’ve ever known, why would God inflict so much pain and suffering?” Carmen was shot four times with an AR-15 rifle by Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student who walked into the school […]

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