Texas Mom Was Fatally Shot in Church Massacre While ‘Shielding [Her] Babies’ From Gunfire: Friend

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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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