Casket Designer is Offering Free Coffins to Victims of Texas Church Shooting

46 year-old businessman, Trey Ganem runs a casket design company in Texas and he’s offering free coffins to victims off the Sutherland Springs church shooting.


His seven employees build personalized coffins that usually sell for about $3,500 but he’s offering to provide free custom-made coffins for the people who died at First Baptist Church and so far, he’s gotten requests to make 15 caskets.

Bailey LeJeaune, 17, and David Betancourt, 18, hold candles during a vigil in Sutherland Springs for the victims of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. A man opened fire inside of the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)


“When I first started five years ago, children burned in a fire in Edna, Texas. I donated caskets to the family. I knew the kids. It was the most emotional time in my life. Immediately my heart opened up and I was like ‘yes, we can do this. It’s a small town. People that felt like they were safe ended up in this tragedy. What we want to do is start the healing process here. I want to make sure that we celebrate the lives of the people who were there” he said.


Ganem’s caskets are always personalized. For some of the younger victims, he plans to paint coffins with princesses and Barbie. The smallest one will fit a 1-year-old girl. He sees his gesture as a way to help grieving families get through their darkest time.

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