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Sutherland Springs


Staff member
Jul 8, 2013
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX - At least 26 people were killed in a shooting that took place inside of a Wilson County church during Sunday service, just 40 miles southeast of San Antonio.
The shooting happened at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. An additional 20 people were wounded.
The youngest victim was 5 years old and the oldest was 72.

The gunman fled in a vehicle after the shooting and was also killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or after being shot by a local resident who engaged him in gunfire, said the official who was briefed on the investigation.

this is so sad and its happening over and over. :(


Staff member
Jul 8, 2013
Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Home to 400 people.
Two-track driveways.
A part-time post office.
A one gas pump country store.
A concrete slab and a hoop with no net.
A salt box church house.
Blue-haired women wear cheap shoes and clutch cheap purses and make it their business to know everything about everybody. Old men with narrow eyes and sharp-creased felt hats and faint tobacco stains on the left arm of their white shirts. The women can cook for an army and out-pray the Vatican. The old men know war first hand, and they know the metallic, salty taste of their own blood all too well. This Sunday morning has the smell of drought-riddled live oak hanging in the air, mixing with the faint, white powder that a caliche road gives off, as a troubled man with a gun walks inside the whitewashed walls of the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church.
The oak pews.
The burgundy seat cushions.
The musty hymnals.
The creaking hardwood floor.
The generations baptized in the same cool water behind the pulpit.
The decades of wedding vows.
The funeral sermons.
The sweet memories.
The hushed confessions and small town secrets.
All mental pictures and scared words that will forever whisper an echo inside the sanctuary there.
Today, the soft drone of church songs gave way to the ratcheting sound of gunfire. The air was singed with the smell of gunpowder and lead. And death.
Dreams stopped.
Time warped.
Lives ended.
But it don't matter. Not to people of this breed. They'll bury their dead and still praise God's name, for they all know and believe in the same......
Faith will always beat out Fear.
The Righteous will always rule over The Unjust.
Good will always trump Evil.
Love will forever conquer Hate.
Godspeed Sutherland Springs. The eyes of Texas weep with you tonight.
James Wayland Long
From Somewhere Down in Texas.