The crime scene tape has been removed from outside the Antioch Waffle House on Murfreesboro Road and employees are getting the restaurant ready to reopen following the deadly mass shooting early Sunday morning.
News 2’s cameras were rolling as the manager removed the tape Wednesday morning and easier access is helping the memorial to the victims in front of the diner continue to grow
Management said all proceeds earned over the next month will be donated to the families of the victims.
He told News 2 a few employees are working to get the restaurant reopen, but many have been meeting at the restaurant as a gathering place to decompress following the horrifying shooting that claimed four lives and injured several others.
Waffle House officials say they are planning a permanent memorial to honor the victims and have been overwhelmed by people asking how to donate.
Waffle House officials said they are likely to include some sort of memorial or plaque inside once they open for the victims, but for now, they have just been focusing their efforts on their employees, their families and their customers as they grieve from this tragedy.
A memorial outside the door features balloons, teddy bears and flowers brought by neighbors and loved ones to help those grieving.
Four crosses with the names and photos of the four murdered victims sit near the entrance of the restaurant.
Greg Zanis of Crosses for Losses constructed and placed the white wooden crosses near the restaurant to honor the victims.