Loved ones remember Town of Normal mass shooting victim



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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) — One of three people killed at a mass shooting in Normal this week was remembered as a tireless servant of others. Her church held a prayer service to commemorate Julie Davis and her accomplishments.

“I know Julie is in a better place. She’s home,” said friend of Julie Davis, Linda Brockett.

Brockett was among the dozens who gathered at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington to remember the life of 59-year-old Julie Davis.

Brockett said she met Davis 23 years ago when their children were in the NICU together.

“Her family was her life, her children,” said Brockett.

Davis was one of the two people who was shot and killed Monday evening at a mobile home park in Normal. Three other people were shot. Police said they killed the suspect, but have not identified him.

“We’re often times filled with shock and don’t really know why things like this would take place,” said Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Billy Newell.

Newell said he wanted people to join together as they begin to heal from this event.

Dozens bowed their head in prayer as they spoke about the person Davis was. Brockett said she was a devoted and active church member.

“On mission trips she would not stop talking about the love of Jesus,” said Brockett.

Brockett said she also knew the other victim, 65-year-old Sharon Reiner. She worked with her at Walmart.

“It was a double whammy,” Brockett continued, “They both were very giving people, very loving people.”

She’s confident, though, she will get through grieving Davis and Reiner. She said by knowing she will see them again.

“It’s a loss for our community, for our church,” said Brockett.

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