Newton church opens doors following horrible crime

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NEWTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

As the days have almost turned into a week, the murders of Alyssa Runyon and her daughter Zaylynn Paz are still on the minds of some in Newton.

At the Faith Mennonite Church in Newton, church officials opened the doors to the sanctuary for anyone stricken with grief or other unresolved feelings to come and try to get relief.

"I really hope that people find the space that they need,” said associate pastor Marshall Anderson.

The church usually holds a special event every second Saturday of a month, but they expanded it following the murders.

“If people are needing to find a sense of normalcy again and a way that they can feel comfortable in the community, that the space outside can provide that, and if people are carrying grief or anger or confusion or frustration or whatever that may be, that they can find a quiet space that they can process that as well,” Anderson said. 

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