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Ogden church blessed after shooting

OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The priest of St. James Catholic Church blessed the building with holy water Thursday to start the healing process after the church was violated by violence.
OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The priest of St. James Catholic Church blessed the building with holy water Thursday to start the healing process after the church was violated by violence.
 
Father Erik Richtsteig asked parishioners to follow him around the church and pray.
 
Tara Evans attended the special service with her family while her husband remained at McKay Dee Hospital. James Evans was shot in the head during mass on Father’s Day.

The alleged gunman, Charles Ricky Jennings, is the son-in-law of the Evans.
 
Tara said her husband is on a feeding tube and a trachea is helping him talk.
 
“The first thing he said was ‘I love you’,” she said.
 
She said he will need to learn to swallow food again, but he should be able to go back to work in the near future.
 
Paul Conway, a parishioner, attended the service. He said he lunged at Jennings after the shooting and tried to stop him.
 
“He had the gun pointed at my face and then he decided to make a run for it,” Conway said of Jennings.
 
Despite what happened, Father Richtsteig preached a message of forgiveness. He said it was the only way to stop the evil done in their church.
 
“If you seek vengeance it’s like the act is done over and over again, but if you forgive the person has no power over you,” Richtsteig said.
 
He had faith his parishioners would heal and Evans said the service brought her closer to the congregation.
 
“Everybody is praying for us and the whole world is praying for us,” she said. “How can it get better than that?”
 
Jennings made his first court appearance Thursday, but his hearing was pushed to July. He remains in Weber County Jail on a $105,000 bond.
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