Sutherland Springs survivors struggle to pick up pieces after massacre


Two days after a man entered a rural church service dressed in military-style gear and opened fire, killing 26 and wounding 20, local, state and federal law enforcement investigators and residents of Sutherland Springs continued the essentially impossible task of trying to make sense of the incomprehensible.

The accumulation of details began to add a little clarity to the mystery of why someone would terrorize a tight-knit community gathering to worship less than an hour from where he grew up and attended high school.

On Tuesday, residents recalled that five days before he arrived at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs dressed in black tactical garb and carrying a semi-automatic assault weapon, Devin Patrick Kelley had attended the same church’s annual fall festival with his children. That evening, he mingled with community members, some of whom saw his attendance as promising evidence he was emerging from a personal rough patch.

Kelley was estranged from his wife, whose mother was a member of the church. Neither his wife nor her parents were at the church on Sunday.

Read more about victims’ account of how the shooting took place and Kelley’s background at MyStatesman.com.



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