GARLAND, Texas — On Tuesday there was extra security at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. It's the site where one year ago two Isis-motivated gunmen targeted a Prophet Mohammad Art Contest.
It put the world's spotlight on Garland. Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a human rights organization, held the contest at that location because the Muslim community had used it for a Stand With the Prophet rally.
Geller sat down with WFAA News 8 from New York.
"I did not make the cartoons controversial," Geller said. "The jihadist made the cartoons controversial."
On that day one year ago, WFAA photographer Mike Botsford, with camera in hand, ran with the officers toward the gunfire. The shooting had occurred after the event while people were leaving.
Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who have been identified as ISIS followers, carried out the attack. A third man who helped now stands convicted.
"Our event saved lives...we broke up the terror cell," said Geller.
Alia Salem of CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations, calls it a dark day. She stresses to WFAA that the shooting was not representative of Islam.
"There are no winners in this situation," she said. "There's nobody benefitting of what happened on May 3rd last year."
Geller tells us she was in hiding for months after the attack. She says terrorists had a bounty on her head.
She continues to fight for free speech and pleads with others to stand up to Islam and not stay in fear. Geller told WFAA on Tuesday that she has had trouble scheduling more art contests.
"No one will host these events," Geller said. "No one."
A year later, Salem says the Muslim community still needs healing. On top of fighting perception they're fighting the dialog that has taken over in these attacks.
"When does free speech become hate speech? And that's something we're still grappling with," Salem asked.
There have been some slight changes at Curtis Culwell Center since the attack. For one, there's a clear bag policy for all events held at the center.
Spokeswoman for Garland ISD, Tiffany Veno, says the district and the police department is working closer together on security for future events.
It's considered by many to be the first ISIS motivated attacks on U.S. soil. And it happend in Texas and in Garland. A year later, it is still in everyone's minds.