In the days following the July 16 shooting, the Times Free Press set up a hotline so that people could call in with a message for Chattanooga. Here are some of the voicemails that came in from near and far.

I graduated right before September 11, 2001, and joined the army right after it happened.
Our hearts and prayers go out...
We must do something, we simply can't afford to do nothing.
This is a great city to live in no matter what this tragedy has brought us.
It's so surreal that it happened here.
Heal each other.
May the Lord receive you in his loving arms.
These are my brothers and sisters that served.
You are not alone.
I don't think it was a terrorist attack.
Our thoughts and prayers from Brentwood, Tennessee, are with the families of the lost military.
I would like to thank all of the police officers.
We will prevail!