Twelve days after a deranged gunman opened fire in a church parking lot killing their two daughters, devout Christians David and Marie Works said they "have no reason to hate the guy."
Stephanie and Rachel Works were among those murdered when Matthew Murray went hunting for Christians at a school for missionaries and a large church.
After the Sunday service at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, the Works family was getting into their minivan on their way to get burgers and shakes. Suddenly, Murray loomed in the parking lot and opened fire on the family.
Scene of Horror
"I believe I heard a pop. I looked over my shoulder and saw a guy in black, with an assault rifle," David Works told "Good Morning America." "And he turned and pointed it at us. I screamed at everybody to get down, that there's a shooter out there."
The next thing Works remembers was seeing his 16-year-old daughter Rachel and trying to rush toward her. "She fell back onto the pavement. I saw him again point the gun and, uh felt my belly rip, and fell to the pavement, not having gotten to Rachel all the way."
Meanwhile his wife, Marie Works, was tending to Stephanie, the couple's 18-year-old daughter, who was slumped over in her seat.
"I saw lots of blood coming out of her nose. And I thought, she's been hit in the head, that -- and then I started to look for a pulse and I couldn't find a pulse. And I was fairly sure that she was gone," Marie remembers thinking."
Comfort in God
Despite the horror of what happened, the Works say their faith is letting them forgive.
"I knew she was in heaven. I knew she was dead, you know. I didn't have -- I wasn't sad at that point because I knew she was in a good place. And I have no reason to hate the guy," said Marie.
"I think if my girls didn't know God, and I didn't know where they were going after they died, and had that assurance, I know I probably couldn't [forgive]."
David Works' seconded his wife's forgiveness, explaining that it was required by his devotion to God.
"About 22 years ago I gave my life to God and that meant everything. I just didn't know it was this much," Works said, breaking down in tears. "But that's OK. Because I gave my life to God, that meant everything."
"They Were the Best"
David, Marie and their surviving daughter, Laurie -- Rachel's twin -- remember the sisters with joy. The girls were also deeply religious and were home schooled by Marie. They went on missionary trips around the world during their summers and vacations.
Rachel was the wiseacre who loved keeping journals and watching "Lord of the Rings" movies. Stephanie was the "wild one" who loved to dance during church services. "It was reckless abandon," said Marie.
"They were the best. I wish I could take credit for it. But I'm not that good. I just let them be who they were and who God created them to be," said David.