Texas Mom Was Fatally Shot in Church Massacre While ‘Shielding Babies’ From Gunfire

Twenty-six people went to church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday morning to pray. In a tragic, senseless act, their lives vanished in an instant.

A gunman killed 26 people and wounded 20 others at a Texas church Sunday morning in what is now the largest mass shooting in Texas history.

Around 11:30 a.m. local time, a man dressed in all black exited a vehicle and started firing a rifle outside the First Baptist Church in a community of a few hundred people about 30 miles east of San Antonio.  The gunman then entered the church, where services were underway, and continued to fire, officials said.

Eventually, as the gunman was leaving the church, a local resident who was armed with a rifle confronted the shooter, said Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Stephen Willeford, who lives near the church, grabbed his own gun and ran out of the house barefoot to confront the gunman. Willeford exchanged gunfire with the shooter as started his escape in his Ford Explorer.

Joann Ward
Credit: GoFundMe / Funeral Church Shooting Victims

He spotted Johnnie Langendorff’s truck across the street and hailed him down.

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Maria Lianos Carbone

Maria Lianos-Carbone is owner of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women. Her first book, "Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year" will be published Spring 2018. Follow Maria on Instagram @amotherworld.

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