Texas Church Shooting: Mother killed while trying to protect children from gunfire

Neighbor says mother, two daughters killed; son shot five times

Courtesy: Vonda Greek Smith

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – In the aftermath of the deadliest shooting in Texas history, one family is mourning three family members and praying for the recovery of a 5-year-old boy who was shot five times. 

A gunman entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and opened fire during a worship service that typically brings in around 50 people.

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JoAnn Ward and her two daughters -- Brooke Ward, 5, and Emily Garza, 7, -- were among the 26 victims who died in the massacre, according to relatives

Ward’s 5-year-old son, Ryland was among the 20 people who were injured in the shooting, suffering from five gunshot wounds, according to relatives.

A 9-year-old daughter named Rihanna was also in the church and survived the attack unharmed.

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David Lyons, who has lived across the street from the Ward family since May, learned of the tragedy from Ward’s father-in-law, Raymond Ward Sr., on Monday morning.


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