The victims of a deadly church shooting included a grandmother who shielded her grandson from the attack, a cancer survivor and a couple who were visiting the church for the first time. We remember eight of the victims through the words of their loved ones.
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Now, remembering those who lost their lives in a small town in Texas during the mass shooting earlier this week.
Last night, we collected memories about many of the more than two dozen who died.
Tonight, we remember the other eight victims.
Peggy Warden stepped in front of her teenage grandson, Zachary, when the gunman opened fire. “She is our hero,” the boy’s aunt said. “She saved Zachary’s life.”
Robert and Karen Marshall both served in the Air Force, and met on a base in North Carolina more than 30 years ago. The deeply religious couple was visiting the First Baptist Church for the first time Sunday. His sister told reporters, “They had kids. They traveled. They had a love that lasted over time.”
Sixty-two-year-old Keith Braden had beaten cancer in recent years. His wife was also shot multiple times Sunday and hospitalized. “Braden was hoping to have a nice number of years left to live with his family,” his brother told The Indianapolis Star. “That was taken away in an instant.”
Dennis and Sara Johnson celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in July. They had been members at the First Baptist Church for more than a decade. Their grandchildren’s cousin wrote that they were two of the kindest people you would ever know.
Thirty-three-year-old Tara McNulty was at the church Sunday with her two children. They were wounded, but are expected to survive. A co-worker said McNulty was conscientious, engaging, and always willing to do the little things.
And Lula White was the grandmother of the shooter’s wife. On Facebook, the 71-year-old said her occupation was simply “do what’s needed” at the First Baptist Church.