Brave mom died trying to shield her kids during Texas massacre

NEW YORK POST – RUTH BROWN

A courageous mother or four died trying to shield her little ones from gunfire during the Texas church massacre.

When the killer entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Joann Ward pushed Rihanna Garza, 9, to the ground and used her body to block bullets from her three younger kids, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Her quick thinking saved two of her kids — Rihanna survived with barely a scrape, and son Ryland Ward, 5, was shot four times but is the alive in a hospital after surgery.

But Brooke Ward, also 5, died at the scene, and Emily Garza, 7, died later in a hospital.

‘‘I didn’t get shot because I was hiding, and Mama covered Emily, Ryland and Brooke,” family friend Vonda Greek Smith quoted Rihanna as telling her.

Read more at the NY Post

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