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Sunderland Springs resident, St. Louis native, shocked by shooting

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The victims of the First Baptist church shooting on Sunday. (Credit: CBS) The victims of the First Baptist church shooting on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A former St. Louis woman who is now living in Sutherland Springs, Texas said she is still in shock over the recent shooting at First Baptist Church.

Marti Licata Bobbish lived in North County and graduated from Normandy High School.

When Southwestern Bell Telephone Company moved its headquarters to Texas, she moved to San Antonio. In 1999, she moved to Sutherland Springs. When Bobbish moved there, she said the First Baptist Church immediately welcomed her.

Bobbish said Sunday's church shooting in Sutherland Springs has not only deeply shaken the town but the entire region.

Bobbish said some of her grandson's classmates were killed in the shooting. Now, they have to explain to a six-year-old why his friends are gone.

If it hadn't been for the neighbor who shot and pursued gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, Bobbish said, everyone in the church probably would have died.

The First Baptist Church will hold a service this weekend. Where the service will be held has yet to be determined.

Bobbish said it is hard knowing that the service will not be held at the church itself. But more difficult is the fact that so many people Bobbish would normally see at church will not be there.

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