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Custom Caskets For Shooting Victims

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Trey Gamen of Edna is in the business of making custom caskets, and when 26 people were slain at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, he knew he had to help.

"To have someone do what this man did to these people is unreal," Gamen said.

After being told about the shooting by a friend, Trey made the decision to make caskets for these families. However, with a tall order ahead of him, he knew he couldn't do it alone.

Local companies reached out offering to assist him in making the caskets.

"They said they want everybody to have this available to them at no cost."

For Gamen these caskets help in the healing process, because when the dust settles in the small town of Sutherland Springs, that's exactly what they'll need.

"It's not so much about painting the casket, it's about telling that person's story. Celebrating life instead of being so sad," Gamen said.

Trey met with families who lost their loved ones and made 17 caskets in total to honor the lives that were so cruelly taken.

"Yesterday we delivered 10 caskets to Floresville and La Vernia. Once we delivered those caskets, on the way back it was just...I had to pull over. I had to stop at the church. I went inside and I got emotional. It was...to know I made these caskets for these families and these babies, to see where they were. Their name was on the chair with the single rose, it was humbling for me but also emotional." Gamen said as his eyes began to water.

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