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September 18, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER and ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The vague profile of Larry Gene Ashbrook, who authorities say killed seven churchgoers, wounded seven more, then killed himself, developed more dimensions Friday, even as this city fought for perspective on the havoc Ashbrook wrought. The man most people first learned of after his Wednesday rampage at Wedgwood Baptist Church called and wrote to newspapers, feared imagined persecutors--and may have mingled with Texas hate groups, people who had met him said.
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September 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
Friends and strangers both hurting and hopeful turned to Scripture on a Saturday "of phenomenal sadness and mourning" to remember victims cut down in the most sacred of places--a house of worship. The funerals for four of the seven victims were the first held as a result of Wednesday night's massacre at Wedgwood Baptist Church. Gunman Larry Gene Ashbrook killed seven people before committing suicide.
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September 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
Friends and strangers both hurting and hopeful turned to Scripture on a Saturday "of phenomenal sadness and mourning" to remember victims cut down in the most sacred of places--a house of worship. The funerals for four of the seven victims were the first held as a result of Wednesday night's massacre at Wedgwood Baptist Church. Gunman Larry Gene Ashbrook killed seven people before committing suicide.
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September 18, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER and ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The vague profile of Larry Gene Ashbrook, who authorities say killed seven churchgoers, wounded seven more, then killed himself, developed more dimensions Friday, even as this city fought for perspective on the havoc Ashbrook wrought. The man most people first learned of after his Wednesday rampage at Wedgwood Baptist Church called and wrote to newspapers, feared imagined persecutors--and may have mingled with Texas hate groups, people who had met him said.
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September 17, 1999 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the cigarette dangling from the lips of the stranger that gave Jaynanne Brown the bad feeling. You don't walk into Wedgwood Baptist Church with a lit cigarette in your mouth. "I thought, uh-oh, something's wrong," the 41-year-old Brown said Thursday. She had been sitting in the church foyer, waiting with friends for adult choir practice to begin, when the gaunt man strode in. One of the men in her group, seminary student Jeff Lester, rose to ask the stranger to put out his cigarette.
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September 17, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
From a hundred details of his daily life, it was clear that Larry Gene Ashbrook, who authorities say killed seven churchgoers before committing suicide Wednesday, seethed with hostility, distrusted neighbors and sometimes victimized the vulnerable, including his elderly father.
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September 20, 1999 | From Associated Press
Some walked hesitantly up the sun-washed sidewalk. A few used sunglasses or veils to shield teary eyes. Still others marched into the church with poker faces, heads high, eyes straight ahead. But come they did, to reclaim Wedgwood Baptist Church just days after a shooting rampage left eight dead and seven wounded. Over the front door hung a banner: "Let the healing begin." The service opened with a prayer "that many may be saved by the lives and deaths of these martyrs."
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September 21, 1999 | From Associated Press
The last of seven funerals held for the victims in a Texas church shooting were conducted Monday, with mourners lamenting the loss of three innocent children. At Wedgwood Baptist Church, a standing room only crowd packed the bullet-scarred sanctuary to remember Cassandra Griffin, 14, who was among those killed by an apparently deranged gunman Wednesday. Larry Gene Ashbrook killed seven people attending a youth service, then turned the gun on himself.
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September 18, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The murderous rampage this week at a Texas Baptist church exemplified rising hostility toward Christians in America and abroad--and an inexplicable reluctance to recognize the shooting as a religious hate crime, national evangelical leaders said Friday. From Jerry Falwell to Pat Robertson, James Dobson and D. James Kennedy, conservative Christian leaders uniformly decried what they called a double standard in treating Christian victims of violence.
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September 19, 1999 | From the Washington Post
None of the gun control legislation under discussion in Congress would have prevented the purchase of weapons by shooters in a recent spate of firearms violence, including last week's massacre at a Texas church, gun control supporters and opponents agree. In that string of violence, all of the killers had either bought their guns legally or found an easy way to get around state and federal laws. The provisions now before a House-Senate conference committee would not have stopped the sales.
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September 17, 1999 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the cigarette dangling from the lips of the stranger that gave Jaynanne Brown the bad feeling. You don't walk into Wedgwood Baptist Church with a lit cigarette in your mouth. "I thought, uh-oh, something's wrong," the 41-year-old Brown said Thursday. She had been sitting in the church foyer, waiting with friends for adult choir practice to begin, when the gaunt man strode in. One of the men in her group, seminary student Jeff Lester, rose to ask the stranger to put out his cigarette.
NEWS
September 17, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
From a hundred details of his daily life, it was clear that Larry Gene Ashbrook, who authorities say killed seven churchgoers before committing suicide Wednesday, seethed with hostility, distrusted neighbors and sometimes victimized the vulnerable, including his elderly father.
NEWS
September 27, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Days after the church shooting that killed eight people and left Fort Worth in a daze, seminary professor Wesley Black found some world-class experts to train counselors for the rampage's aftermath. His authorities included three students and a youth minister in Littleton, Colo.; a minister and police chaplain in Pearl, Miss.; and a youth church leader in West Paducah, Ky. All seven belong to the grim, expanding fraternity of residents of American cities stricken by public massacres.
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