Tiny Texas town turns inward in wake of mass shooting
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas - The people of Sutherland Springs haven't held a news conference or appeared on network morning television shows since last weekend's mass shooting at a local church that killed more than two dozen people and wounded many others.
Although they've been polite to the media, they're not exactly forthcoming. Instead, residents of the rural Texas community are turning to the one thing that has buoyed them in good times and sustains them now: an unshakeable faith in God.
David Colbath, who was injured but survived Devin Patrick Kelley's rampage at the First Baptist Church, held Bible study from his hospital bed. Judy Green, a church member who avoided the carnage because she and her husband were running an errand, sought counseling at another church.
There have been no fewer than three prayer vigils for the victims. And on Sunday, residents will worship in the town's community center, which is next door to the church and was part of the crime scene for several days.