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Sutherland Springs church honors victims, survivors of mass shooting five years later

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – Julie Workman survived one of the deadliest mass shootings in Texas historical past.

“I watched the barrel of the gun fire into my son, directly into my son’s back…as I grab his hand…I take a bullet towards the chest,” Workman mentioned.

Workman took out time to replicate on the loss of household and associates at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs’ “Ringing of the Bells” ceremony on Saturday.

She described the bell-ringing ceremony as a sacred second to recollect the “joyous” recollections she shared with the lads, girls and kids killed throughout a mass shooting within the sanctuary of First Baptist Church on Nov. 5, 2017.

David Colbath, one other survivor who was within the constructing with Workman on the time of the shooting, mentioned the group and church remains to be going by the therapeutic course of. However, it has not deterred them from serving in and on behalf of the church.

“Do we just say, ‘Oh, well, they died and don’t worry about it?’ Or do we honor them and honor them in God’s word and continue to do God’s work? That’s what I want to do. That’s what my fellow survivors that are still here, it looks like that’s what they want to do,” Colbath defined.

At the tip of the ceremony, Workman mentioned serving to others is a vital half of group growth.

“When we see that somebody is hurting, when we see that something’s not right, that we speak up and we work to do something about it.”

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