Texas town holds first burials after church massacre
By Lisa Maria Garza and Tim Reid SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas, Nov 12 (Reuters) The tiny Texas town reeling from a gun massacre that killed 26 churchgoers buried the first of the victims on Saturday, in a remote cemetery where a series of funerals is being held this week.
Richard Rodriguez, 64, and his wife, Therese, 66, both cancer survivors, were buried in a corner of Sutherland Springs Cemetery with 250 family members and friends looking on.
The cemetery is a mile from Sutherland Springâs First Baptist Church where gunman Devin Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 20 last Sunday, before taking his own life.
Rodriguez, a retired railroad worker, was fun-loving and a devoted family man, his younger brother Tony Rodriguez said before a church service earlier in the day in the nearby city of La Vernia.