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Philadelphia Suburban Church Hosts Memorial For Victims Of Gun Violence In The City

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By Pat Loeb

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (CBS) – Drivers on Montgomery Avenue in Bryn Mawr will be greeted by a staggering sight, for the next two weeks.

In front of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church are some 300 crosses, draped in T-shirts, a memorial to those who died from gun violence in Philadelphia last year.

“Takes your breath away, doesn’t it? Oh my goodness,” says Cindy Pierce who stopped short on her way into Sunday service – moved by the sight of all those t-shirts – each bearing the name of someone killed by a gun. “I’m speechless and full of heartache.”

The t-shirt memorial is a project of the religious anti-gun group, Heeding God’s Call, which is trying to make gun control an issue of conscience and turn the popular image of guns and religion on its head.

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian is the third church to host it. Parishioners estimate some 12,000 cars drive past it a day.

“We’re hoping that people just take the time to stop and just take a walk through and feel the impact of those people who were murdered as the result of gun violence,” says Lawana Scales, a member of the church’s Peacemaking Task Force.

She says the church will also hold a Jazz Fest for Peach next weekend.

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