The following is a news release from the Officer of Texas Governor Greg Abbott:
Governor Greg Abbott today joined survivors, faith leaders, local officials, and community members at a memorial and remembrance service marking the one year anniversary of the tragedy at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
“The horrific shooting that took place here could’ve ripped this community apart – but it didn’t,” said Governor Abbott. “Instead, you came together and turned to the Lord for strength, guidance, and healing. While we may never fully understand why these things happen, we know it is through Him that we can overcome these challenges. Through Him, we have the hope and assurance that good always triumphs over evil. Together, we will work every day to honor the memory of those who died.”
Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church is inviting the public Sunday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting that killed 26 people and injured 20 others.
H-E-B is providing a catered lunch starting at 1 p.m. to the first 400 people in attendance. There will be live music and special performances at the church’s worship center throughout the afternoon as the community is working to recover from the tragedy that unfolded Nov. 5, 2017.
“One year ago, Sutherland Springs, Texas endured what no one should ever have to,” said Sen. John Cornyn. “Texans have poured their love and support into the First Baptist community, but the lives tragically taken that day can never be brought back. As we remember that solemn day, please join me once again in prayer for First Baptist Church, the victims of this senseless violence, and the entire Sutherland Springs community.”
Cornyn authorized the Fix NICS Act to improve the criminal background check system, ensuring convicted felons and domestic abusers cannot legally purchase a gun. The bill was signed March 23, 2018 in response to the shooting.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m.