A Pastor’s Teen Daughter, a Devoted Mom and 2 of Her Kids: Victims of the Texas Mass Shooting

Twenty-five people and an unborn child were killed during a Sunday morning service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, when a gunman walked into the sanctuary and opened fire.

Among the dead are the church pastor’s 14-year-old daughter, a mother of young children and a 16-year-old aspiring Nicu nurse.

The Texas shooter, identified as 26-year-old Devin Kelley, a disgraced former Air Force member, was dressed in all-black tactical gear when he began firing with an assault rifle from outside of the church around 11:20 a.m. local time.

The shooter was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot
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Texas Church Shooting Witness Describes Holding Girl, 8, Who Emerged Alive from the Massacre: 'You're Very, Very Brave'

Soon after Kathleen Curnow called 911 on Sunday morning to report the sound of gunfire at the church across from her house in Sutherland Springs, Texas, her husband crossed the street to investigate amid the gathering first responders.

“I kept waiting for people to come out but no one was coming out. My husband went to the doors of the church. He’s a strong man, but he said, ‘What I saw I was not prepared for,’ ” she tells People.

And then from inside the First Baptist Church — the site of what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern Texas history — came an 8-year-old girl,
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Texas Mom Was Fatally Shot in Church Massacre While ‘Shielding [Her] Babies’ From Gunfire: Friend

A Texas mom died shielding her “babies” from a lone shooter who walked methodically through the First Baptist Church on Sunday morning shooting terrified worshippers, her heartbroken friend shared on Facebook.

Joann Ward was attending the 11 a.m. service with her children when a gunman, identified as former Air Force member 26-year-old Devin Kelley, began firing from outside the small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Seconds later, he entered the church firing upon families, children and a baby – shooting them multiple times to make sure they were dead, say authorities.

Instinctively, Ward covered her children’s bodies with her own,
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Selena Gomez Will Stick By Justin Bieber’s Side, Say Experts

If Selena 'loves' Justin and 'believes' in him, they will make it through the baby mama drama, relationship experts Steve Ward and his mother JoAnn tell exclusively! Justin Bieber has denied that he is the father of Mariah Yeater's baby -- but she is still reportedly demanding that he take a paternity test. Despite all of the controversy, Justin's girlfriend Selena Gomez seems to be sticking by his side. And, Selena will continue to stay with Justin as long as she trusts, believes, and loves him, Tough Love hosts and relationship experts Steve Ward and his mother JoAnn Ward tell exclusively! "If she trusts him and she believes him and it is the truth, then they'll get through it," JoAnn reveals to us. "If she cares about him that much and she says she loves him and believes him -- the truth prevails. She's going to stay with him.
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Steve Ward & Mom JoAnn: From ‘Tough Love’ To Real Life Matchmaking!

Find out about the lives and business of Steve and JoAnn in an all-new VH1 special: 'Tough Love: The Wards Get Real!' Get ready to go behind the scenes with Steve and JoAnn Ward, hosts of VH1's hit series Tough Love. In an all-new special Tough Love: The Wards Get Real, Steve and his mother JoAnn show us what their matchmaking business is all about! "It's a sneak peak into the lives of my mom and I when we're not filming Tough Love," Steve tells exclusively. "That is what we thought the original Tough Love was going to be about. When the show developed, it took a life of its own and became more about our philosophy than our skills as matchmakers. So this show focuses on what we do day in and day out. It showcases us in our natural environment." Fans
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Kim Kardahian’s Marriage & Divorce Were ‘Staged,’ Believe Experts!

Kim married Kris and filed for divorce just to get the Kardashian family name 'in the media headlines,' say relationship experts Steve Ward and his mom JoAnn Ward! Since Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kris Humphries on Oct. 31, just 72 days after they wed, questions have been circling that the marriage was fake from the very beginning. Relationship experts agree that Kim's actions and motives seem extremely questionable. "I think that everything she does is staged," Steve Ward, professional matchmaker and host of VH1's Tough Love tells exclusively. "I think the marriage was staged. The divorce was staged. Conversations with her pastor now, also staged. You would think, 'Ok, she files for divorce -- end of story.' No. She's going to keep herself in the headlines day in, day out, week after week." Steve's mother JoAnn Ward, co-host and executive producer of Tough Love, questions Kim's motives as well.
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Pajiba After Dark 5/27/10

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A lot of the American readers of Pajiba After Dark are likely looking forward to the three day weekend we've got this week. Of course, the bad news about Memorial Day weekend is that it tends to mark the departure of basically all television shows worth watching. Makes my job easier, but more depressing for the next few months. So I hope everyone enjoys their picnics, pool parties, or day spent lounging around in PJs but while doing so, give a thought to the brave service people whose sacrifices are being honored this weekend. Here's your TV:

8:00 p.m.: "Flash Forward" on ABC. First season finale.

"So You Think You Can Dance" on Fox. It says "Two hour seventh season finale" but I swear they mean "premiere."

8:30 p.m.: "100 Questions" on NBC. Series premiere.

9:00 p.m.: "Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute" on ABC.
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