Rev. Franklin Graham issued a powerful statement about faith on Tuesday, a day after a woman entered a private Christian school in Tennessee and killed three small children and three adults.
Police said 28-year-old Audrey Hale, who identified as a man, approached The Covenant School in Nashville on Monday morning and shot her way into the building.
Throughout the next few minutes, Hale would go on to kill three 9-year-old students, the school’s principal, and a school custodian.
“We’re surrounded by evil in this world — and that’s what we saw walk into that Nashville elementary school yesterday — evil,” Graham wrote.
He added, “The evil certainly wasn’t in the weapon, but it was in the heart and mind of the one who came to kill and destroy.”
The reverend also paid tribute to the men and women of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.