Texas Shooting at First Baptist Church Leaves Families Mourning the Loss of Loved Ones

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By Alyse Kaminski

On Sunday, Nov. 5, America faced another tragedy as a result of gun violence. Around 11:30 a.m. a masked gunman entered First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, 30 miles outside of San Antonio. He took the lives of 26 people and left 20 injured.

The shooter, Devin Kelley, was a former member of the United States Air Force. He was tried in military court in 2012 and received a “bad conduct discharge,” meaning that he was convicted in 2012 for assaulting his stepson and committing a domestic violence misdemeanor. According to the New York Times, a federal law should have prevented him from purchasing a gun. Kelley used a Ruger AR-556 Rifle in the shooting.

Among the 26 victims, one was Annabelle Pomeroy, the lead pastor’s daughter. The pastor and his wife were both out of town during the tragedy. Annabelle was only 14 years old.

According to the Washington Post, one family lost three generations of people in the shooting. Bryan Holcombe was filling in for Pastor Pomeroy when he and his wife, Karla Holcombe, were killed in the gunfire. Their son Marc Daniel, 36, and his one-year-old daughter, Noah, lost their lives as well. Bryan and Karla’s other son, John, lost his pregnant wife, Crystal Holcombe. Of Holcombe’s five children, three are now dead, in addition to his unborn child. In just one day, Joe and Claryce Holcombe, Bryan’s parents, lost a huge portion of their family.

On the day of the shooting, President Trump took to Twitter to send his condolences to those affected. Although this is the second mass shooting within the last month, Trump said, “this isn’t a gun situation,” citing mental health as the cause instead.

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