Tight-Knit Texas Community Mourns Over 2 Dozen Dead in Church Shooting

More than two dozen people were killed in Sutherland Springs, Texas, when a gunman opened fire at First Baptist Church parishioners Sunday, Nov. 5.

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SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX - NOVEMBER 07: Cindy Wyatt of Sutherland Springs lays flowers at a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service. Durand helps to teach bible study at the church and lost several friends in the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Meredeth Cooper hands flowers to a police officer guarding a road block near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded many more when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Flowers are placed at a police barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yesterday a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Law enforcement officials continue their investigation into the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 more when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Law enforcement officials gather near First Baptist Church following a shooting on Nov. 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. At least 26 people were reportedly killed and 24 injured when a gunman, identified as Devin P. Kelley, 26, allegedly entered the church during a service and opened fire.
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Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded many more when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife Sherri speak to the media near their First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yesterday a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people including their daughter at the church and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Law enforcement officials continue their investigation into the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 more when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Kyle Dahlderg looks over a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Twenty-six crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yesterday a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Kyle Dahlderg (L) and Kevin Blomstrum view a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Cindy Wyatt of Sutherland Springs lays flowers at a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service. Durand helps to teach bible study at the church and lost several friends in the shooting.
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Maria Durand (L) and her daughter Lupita Alcoces visit a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service. Durand helps to teach bible study at the church and lost several friends in the shooting.
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Brian Russell of Pleasonton, Texas visits a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Brian Russell hugs Maria Durand while her daughter Lupita Alcoces watches during a visit to a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service. Durand helps to teach bible study at the church and lost several friends in the shooting.
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Estella McAteer (L), her daughter Diana Gaitan (C), Maria Durand and her daughter Lupita Alcoces (R) visit a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service. Durand helps to teach bible study at the church and lost several friends in the shooting.
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Twenty-six crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yesterday a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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People mourn the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs during a prayer service on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yesterday a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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People pray at a field on the edge of town where 26 crosses were placed to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yesterday a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Twenty-six crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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A resident watches from the front porch of his home as law enforcement officials continue their investigation into the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 more when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Bullet holes scar the front door of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service at the church.
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Bullet holes scar the front door of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service at the church.
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A police officer ties off crime scene tape near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 more when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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A police officer ties off crime scene tape near a small memorial close to the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 more when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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A small memorial sits along the road near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 more when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Crime scene tape falls across a small memorial near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others at the church when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Crime scene tape falls across a small memorial near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others at the church when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Law enforcement officials continue their investigation into the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 more when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Law enforcement officials continue their investigation into the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On November 5 a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 more when he opened fire during a Sunday service. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Stephen Willeford, right, hugs Johnnie Langendorff during a vigil for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Willeford shot the suspect and Langendorff drove the truck while chasing Devin Patrick Kelley. Kelley opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than two dozen and injuring others.
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Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs during the early morning hours of November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Mourners hug at a vigil for the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs during a prayer service on Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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Pastor Frank Pomeroy hugs his wife Sherri after addressing the media near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people, including the pastor's daughter, at the church and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
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Police move flowers placed at a barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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Mourners participate in a candlelight vigil held for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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A candlelight vigil is observed on Nov. 5, 2017, following the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 people dead according to authorities.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott comforts a local resident during a candlelight vigil held on Nov. 5, 2017, following the mass shooting inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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A candlelight vigil is observed on Nov. 5, 2017, following the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 people dead according to authorities.
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Mourners participate in a candlelight vigil held for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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Law enforcement and forensic officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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A forensics official passes by the entrance to the First Baptist Church following a shooting on Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. More than two dozen people were killed and more injured when a gunman, identified by sources as Devin P. Kelley, 26, entered the church during a service and opened fire.
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Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. More than two dozen people were killed and more injured when a gunman, identified by sources as Devin P. Kelley, 26, entered the church during a service and opened fire.
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Members of the FBI walk next to the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal mass shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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Police block a road in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2017, after a mass shooting at the the First Baptist Church. A gunman went into the church during Sunday morning services and shot dead some two dozen worshippers, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said, in the latest mass shooting to shock the United States.
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Members of the FBI walk behind the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting killed more than two dozen people on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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Law enforcement officers gather in front of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting killed more than two dozen people on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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Law enforcement officers man a barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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First responders work at the rear of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in response to a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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Law enforcement officers work in front of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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