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The pastor of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where a gunman killed more than two dozen people in 2017, announced Sunday that he planned to enter political life as a Republican in 2020.

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Members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs dedicated their new home and formally opened its doors on Sunday.

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Lawyers for the families of Sutherland Springs shooting victims are claiming a victory in their civil suit against the company that sold the gun in the shooting.

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A Bexar County judge will decide Monday if a lawsuit filed by the families of victims killed in the Sutherland Springs church shootings will proceed against the store that sold the weapon to the gunman.

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One year later, a small Texas town continues to recover from a mass church shooting with messages of hope. What is the long-term impact of tragedy? Trauma experts speak about grief on "The Source" at noon Monday.


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Updated 6 p.m.

The government has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from a family who lost nine of its members in the Sutherland Springs shooting.

In the motion filed Friday, the government claims it cannot be held liable for acts committed by a third party, claiming it retains sovereign immunity due to the jurisdiction where the shooting took place.

"Texas generally imposes no actionable duty on a private person to protect another from a third party’s criminal acts," the motion states.

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Every survivor of the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs is also a survivor of the intense emotional trauma caused by experiencing such an attack.

 

But post-traumatic stress can lead to post-traumatic growth, and David Colbath said the Nov. 5, 2017, massacre that killed 26 led to the best year of his life.


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First Baptist Church never sought out any artwork, said church secretary Windy Choate.

But dozens of pieces of art were still sent from people all around the country — artwork meant to bring strength and peace to a church community that lost 26 of its members.


Pastor Frank Pomeroy, left, and his wife Sherri Pomeroy lead a prayer during Old Town Day. The couple's 14-year-old daughter Anabelle was killed in the Sutherland Springs shooting. 10/27/18
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A small parade makes its ways through the streets of Sutherland Springs during the annual Old Town Day festival, a 30-year tradition. About 300 turned out for the celebration. There are floats, trucks, and motorcycles. The route includes a pass by First Baptist Church. 

One float with the town’s name carries several children including two young survivors of the shooting. Next Monday will mark one year since more than two dozen people were killed in a shooting at First Baptist Church. Twenty more were injured that day.

 


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Family members that lost eight relatives in the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs last November are filing suit against the federal government. The family is seeking millions of dollars in damages.


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