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Shop’s window decorated to honor wounded officers

December 24, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – A West Evans Street business owner has turned her window into a Christmas-themed commemoration of the police officers injured on Oct. 3.

Lushaun Moses, owner of Lushaun’s Barber and Beauty at 172 W. Evans St., said that once she heard about a Christmas decoration contest organized by the city of Florence, she had a vision to turn her front window in a police-themed commemoration.

“It just came to me in a vision,” Moses said. “They were having the decorations downtown. Hannah sent me an email and said that they were having a contest in which they would recognize the winners.”

Moses said she wanted the officers to know that they weren’t going to be forgotten. She said sometimes a tragedy quickly fades from public consciousness, and that was something she did not want to happen. Seven officers were shot, two of them fatally, as they attempted to serve a warrant on Oct. 3.

She didn’t win the contest, but she still got some satisfaction from decorating her window.

“It was all right,” Moses said. “I didn’t really do it for winning. I did it to pay respect.”

She said she spent a week putting the decorations in the window. Some of her clients assisted her. The clients contributed by turning cotton into “snow” and stripping a tree to bring it back to life for use.

“It meant a lot to me, because we had the same values about the officers,” Moses said.

One client helped until 4:30 a.m. one day.

“Every bowl I took out there, she was like emotional, full,” Moses said.

Some of her clients and Facebook fans have called the decorations “nice” and a fitting tribute.

Moses said she has had her business on West Evans Street for 15 years.

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