Atlantans seek 'healing of our city' in wake of killings
August 4, 1999
ATLANTA (CNN) -- Less than a mile from where Mark Barton last week gunned down nine of his victims, people from across the Atlanta area came together Wednesday, hoping to ease the city's pain from a rapid-fire string of July killings.
"We do humbly ask for the healing of our city," said the Rev. Joanna Adams during an interfaith memorial service held following acts of violence that stunned Atlantans.
In separate incidents, 20 people -- including children and police officers -- were killed in the city and suburbs in little more than two weeks. The three gunmen responsible also died, two at their own hand, the other shot dead by police.
Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell had asked that the entire city take part in a moment of silence at noon to honor the victims.
The moment came at the start of the memorial service at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in the city's Buckhead neighborhood, not far from the office buildings where Barton opened fire at two stock brokerage offices last Thursday. In the days before, he killed his wife and two children.
The church bell tolled solemnly at noon as mourners in the church bowed their heads.
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Two more Atlanta victims to be laid to rest today
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