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Weep With Those Who Weep In Sutherland Springs

On Sunday, November 5, a shooter opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people (including a pregnant mother and her unborn child) and wounding another 20. According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the attack was the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the State of Texas. The tiny community of Sutherland Springs will never be the same.

According to OCRegister.com, the gunman, Devin Kelley, parked his vehicle at a gas station across the street from the church at approximately 11:20 AM. Kelley then crossed the street and opened fire before entering the church building. Two survivors stated that “after an initial hail of gunfire, Kelley went through the church shooting anyone who made a noise, including children.”

Upon leaving the church building, Kelley encountered Stephen Willeford, a 55-year-old plumber who lived nearby. Willeford fired several shots at Kelley and wounded him before Kelley drove away in his vehicle. Willeford then approached Johnnie Langendorff, who happened to be driving past the church. The two men chased Kelley at high speeds in Langendorff’s truck until Kelley crashed his vehicle. When law enforcement officials arrived, they found Kelley dead; he had been wounded twice in the shootout with Willeford and had also shot himself in the head.

It appears that the shooting may have been motivated by a conflict between Kelley and his estranged wife’s family, who attended First Baptist Church. Kelley had a history of violence and mental illness, and had served time in military prison following a violent attack upon his then-wife and stepson.

Rev. Frank Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, lost her life in the attack, exhorted others to “lean into the Lord” following this senseless tragedy. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we believe that this advice is excellent. In Romans 12:15, the Bible tells us to “weep with them that weep.” Please remember the victims and their families in your prayers. To find out more about those who lost their lives, please click here. According to News4SanAntonio.com, the names and ages of the deceased victims are:

  1. Robert Scott Marshall 56 M
  2. Karen Sue Marshall 56 F
  3. Keith Allen Braden 62 M
  4. Tara E. McNulty 33 F
  5. Annabelle Renae Pomeroy 14 F
  6. Peggy Lynn Warden 56 F
  7. Dennis Neil Johnson, Sr. 77 M
  8. Sara Johns Johnson 68 F
  9. Lula Woicinski White 71 F
  10. Joann Lookingbill Ward 30 F
  11. Brooke Bryanne Ward 5 F
  12. Robert Michael Corrigan 51 M
  13. Shani Louise Corrigan 51 F
  14. Therese Sagan Rodriguez 66 F
  15. Ricardo Cardona Rodriguez 64 M
  16. Haley Krueger 16 F
  17. Emily Garcia (died at the hospital) 7 F
  18. Emily Rose Hill 11 F
  19. Gregory Lynn Hill 13 M
  20. Megan Gail Hill 9 F
  21. Marc Daniel Holcombe 36 M
  22. Noah Holcombe 1 F
  23. Karla Plain Holcombe 58 F
  24. John Bryan Holcombe 60 M
  25. Crystal Marie Holcombe (pregnant*) 36 F
  26. *Carlin Brite “Billy Bob” Holcombe (unborn) 0 Unknown