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Texas Town Reportedly Begins To Bury Its Dead Days After Church Shooting. Photos

In a drizzle-shrouded cemetery, this small town in South Texas that endured one of the most horrific mass shootings in United States history began on Saturday to bury its dead.

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Mourners gathered on the edge of Sutherland Springs for the funeral of two victims in last Sunday’s massacre: Richard Rodriguez, 64, a retired railroad foreman, and Therese Rodriguez, 66, a retired receptionist at the railroad maintenance company where they both had worked.

The married couple was among the 26 parishioners, including children, who were killed by a gunman at First Baptist Church. Convulsing this town of a few hundred people, the mass shooting was the latest of several across the United States.

Residents here are bracing for the many more funerals to come.

“This has been a trying day — well, a trying week,” Frank Pomeroy, the pastor at First Baptist Church, told the several dozen people gathered on a cemetery hill as he choked back tears.

 

“But remember: God will — no, God has — prevailed,” said the visibly shaken Mr. Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, died in the shooting.

Several hundred people had attended a memorial service on Saturday at Grace Bible Church in the nearby town of La Vernia. As people wept, Erin Weaver, the church’s senior pastor, read from Psalm 23, proclaiming, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

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