State Approves $2.3 Mil Grant For Survivors Of Sutherland Springs Church Shooting

Steven Pickering
March 23, 2018 - 6:04 am
First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - More than $2.3 million in grant money has been approved to provide long-term recovery services for survivors of the Sutherland Springs church shooting.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement Thursday saying the grant money will go toward providing counseling and other mental health services to those suffering the traumatic effects of the shootings at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

The funds will also provide legal services to help survivors of those killed with probate, wills, estates and child custody rights.

"The act of pure evil inflicted on the faithful people of Sutherland Springs on November 5, 2017 will deeply affect the community, especially the surviving victims, for the rest of their lives," said Governor Abbott. "That is why it is so important that we continue to offer any necessary support to our fellow Texans still suffering from this tragedy. I hope these services will provide some relief and comfort for those Texans that need it the most."

 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured in a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

The attack was the deadliest mass shooting in Texas and the fifth-deadliest mass shooting in the United States.

The suspected gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being shot and chased by two residents as he left the church.