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The McMurrys go to London

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When Romel and Jessica McMurry booked their summer vacation, they never expected to be at the center of international news.

The couple, residents of nearby Murfreesboro, have strong ties to the city of Lebanon. Romel is a graduate of Lebanon High School and his mother, Bishop Belita McMurry-Fite, pastors Heaven's View Baptist Church.

Romel and Jessica, who recently celebrated their first anniversary, picked London as their destination.

"We had never been to Europe before and thought we would try it out," Romel said. "We went to all of the tourist attractions."

During their getaway, the McMurrys visited Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace, Wimbledon, Piccadilly Circus and cruised Thames River.

However, on Saturday, June 3 - something unexpected happened.

It was just past 10 p.m. when the McMurrys were headed to their Doubletree Hilton hotel in an Uber.

"We were coming from a city about 25 minutes outside of London. We were in the Uber and kept seeing police and emergency personnel zoom past us. We wondered what was going on," he said.

Unbeknownst to them at the moment, three men in vests had driven a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before exiting the vehicle and going on what can only be described as a stabbing spree.

In total, seven people were killed and nearly 50 injured during the eight-minute-long attack.

"Someone had texted Jessica asking if we were OK," Romel explained, noting they found out what had happened when they arrived at the hotel. Tourists gathered around televisions in the lobby.

Attackers, identified as Khuram Shazad, Rachid Redoune and Youssef Zaghba, were shot and killed by the police.

"We were very grateful that we weren't on that bridge. The day before we were on London Bridge, where the incident happened," he added.

The next day Romel said he saw additional security and also a rally promoting peace.

"It was an experience. We kept getting a bunch of inquiries if we were OK. In the time that we are in, you never know what is going on."

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