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A week after a gunman opened fire, worshipers return to Taiwanese church

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"We know God welcomed Dr. Cheng into heaven," said Huang, who is running for Orange County Superior Court judge. "We believe and we know we will see each other again in heaven, and we can all say to Dr. Cheng that you did well."

The oldest victim, a 92-year-old man, is still in a hospital, while the four others have been released, said Huang, who has been helping the church with media relations.

After the service, church members declined to talk with a Times reporter, saying that the tragedy remained "too raw."

Many stayed in the chapel for a trauma intervention program.

"Be aware that having [post-traumatic stress disorder] is not because of your own mental status — it could happen to anybody," a handout said in Chinese. "When a super extraordinary event happens, you feel helpless. It may take you a long time to deal with it."

The service, Lee said afterward, was a first step toward healing.


Lee had prepared much of his sermon before the shooting, as the last part of a series on faithfulness. This week, he added material about how people like Cheng practiced their faithfulness in real life.

As people heal physically and emotionally, the life of the church will continue.

A brochure listed upcoming Japanese classes, Bible studies and choir practices. On Wednesday, Lee will lecture on artificial intelligence — part of a weekly "evergreen classroom."


Special correspondent M. Benson Huang contributed to this report.

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