LUBBOCK, TX - A recent Texas Tech graduate and current employee of Covenant Health said she was in shock to hear that there was a mass shooting Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
As a child, Natalie Baker attended the church. She spoke to KLBK and EverythingLubbock.com on Tuesday.
Officials said Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed 26 people in the church before killing himself a few miles away from the site of the mass shooting. Baker did not know Kelley.
Baker said when she first heard about the shooting, she quickly made calls to make sure her family was safe.
“One of my friends texted me to make sure my parents were okay,” Baker said. “I called them, and they didn’t know at the time and so I was the one who told them about it.”
The last time she attended was in 5th grade.
“It’s sheer shock,” Baker said, “because you never think this kind of stuff is going to happen to you.”
“I mean, given, I live in Lubbock now, but this close to home, at a place I've been before,” Baker said. “I went into town, not thinking twice about anything bad ever happening.”
“Growing up, that was like, the funnest place to be,” Baker said. Baker remembers vacation bible school and Sunday school.
“My earliest memories of going to church was there,” Baker said, “and playing on the playground that they have right outside.”
“It’s just a close-knit town,” she said.
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