Know this now: Sutherland Springs begins slow move toward life before Texas church shooting


SAN ANTONIO – The first attempts at normalcy returned to Sutherland Springs this weekend, a week after a gunman walked into First Baptist Church and killed 26 people.

Choosing life and light

Pastor Frank Pomeroy has delivered many sermons, but this week's was different. He nearly broke down addressing Sunday's service, the first since a gunman entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and opened fire on the parishioners. The shooter killed 25 people and an unborn child -- including Pomeroy's 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle.

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"We have the power to choose, and, rather than choose darkness, like that young man did that day, I say we choose life," he said.

Doors open to memorial

Twenty-six white chairs with red roses were placed in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs -- each chair commemorating lives lost in a mass shooting last Sunday.

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The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs invited members of the media to tour the sanctuary for the first time since the mass shooting.

BBQing for a cause

Neighboring communities came together on Saturday to do what they could to help the families of the victims of the church shooting.

More than 5,000 pounds of food was cooked overnight. All 5,000 pounds was donated so that all of the proceeds can help those affected. They're hoping the BBQ can raise $50,000, all to help the families of the victims.

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To the victims -- Robert Scott Marshall, Karen Sue Marshall, Keith Allen Braden, Tara E. McNulty, Annabelle Renae Pomeroy, Peggy Lynn Warden, Dennis Neil Johnson, Sr., Sara Johns Johnson, Robert Michael Corrigan, Shani Louise Corrigan, Therese Sagan Rodriguez, Ricardo Cardona Rodriguez, Haley Krueger, Emily Garcia, Emily Rose Hill, Gregory Lynn Hill, Megan Gail Hill, Marc Daniel Holcombe, Noah Holcombe, Karla Plain Holcombe, John Bryan Holcombe, Crystal Marie Holcombe and her unborn baby -- may y’all rest in peace.