Healing Chattanooga, one life and brick at a time

Marietta, Ga., firefighters stand at attention as procession carrying remains the remains of Lance Cpl. Squire 'Skip' Wells approaches an overpass on I-75 in Marietta, Ga., Thursday, July 24, 2015. Wells was one of four Marines and sailor who were fatally shot in an attack on military facilities in Chattanooga.

How will Chattanooga mend its broken heart?

How will a city rocked to its core by something that should never have happened here - should never happen anywhere - heal?

These are questions we all have asked ourselves right after we whispered prayers for six broken families who lost loved ones in a bloody rampage here just over a week ago when Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, of Hixson, unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two Chattanooga military facilities. First he drove a rented silver Mustang convertible in front of the Army recruiting center on Lee Highway and sprayed bullets into the window. Then he drove several miles to a Navy and Marine reserve center where he ran inside and began shooting. In a matter of minutes, four Marines were dead, and a sailor lay fatally wounded.