Retired Pastor Mourns the Loss of His Great-Granddaughter After She Was Killed in Uvalde School Massacre

Retired pastor Julián Moreno, 80, lost his great-granddaugther during the Robb Elementary School shooting. (Patricia Lim/KUT)

A retired Baptist pastor in Uvalde, Julián Moreno, stepped up to the pulpit last week to console his congregation during the most soul-jarring event in the history of this community.

He did so as he worked through his own grief. Pastor Moreno’s great-granddaughter was among the children slaughtered in the school massacre.

The current pastor, Carlos Contreras, called a special service on Thursday at Uvalde’s Primera Iglesia Bautista, the city’s 113-year-old bilingual church.

Buenas tardes, hermanos. Good evening, everyone,” he begins. “We are here because of what has happened this week. We have two special young girls that attended our church, who we will miss and absolutely love.”