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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 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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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 16, 1999 | STEPHANIE SIMON JOHN BECKHAM and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As scores of teenagers sang out prayers, a gunman opened fire Wednesday evening in a Baptist church here, fatally wounding at least seven people and injuring seven more before killing himself. Shot after shot echoed through the crowded chapel of the Wedgwood Baptist Church. Worshipers, thinking at first that it must be a prank, kept on singing. But when they realized what was happening, they dived to the floor and scrunched under pews, terrified and silent as the gunfire continued.
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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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September 17, 1999 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The church slaughter in Fort Worth pushed guns back to the fore of the 2000 presidential campaign Thursday and dropped the issue squarely on the porch of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who has consistently opposed stiffer efforts to control firearms. The GOP presidential front-runner cut short a campaign swing through Michigan to fly home and visit with some of the hospitalized survivors. At a news conference, he again ruled out the need for stronger gun controls.
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September 17, 1999 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Recent shootings in Littleton, Colo., Los Angeles, Atlanta and Anaheim were far away. But this time, eight people had been shot to death at a Fort Worth church in the backyard of Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican firmly opposed to gun control. But unlike congressmen from Colorado and Georgia who softened their stands against gun control after school shootings in their states, Barton remained steadfast Thursday. "I'm certainly upset that this happened in my district," he said in an interview.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 17, 1999 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The church slaughter in Fort Worth pushed guns back to the fore of the 2000 presidential campaign Thursday and dropped the issue squarely on the porch of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who has consistently opposed stiffer efforts to control firearms. The GOP presidential front-runner cut short a campaign swing through Michigan to fly home and visit with some of the hospitalized survivors. At a news conference, he again ruled out the need for stronger gun controls.
NEWS
September 17, 1999 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Recent shootings in Littleton, Colo., Los Angeles, Atlanta and Anaheim were far away. But this time, eight people had been shot to death at a Fort Worth church in the backyard of Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican firmly opposed to gun control. But unlike congressmen from Colorado and Georgia who softened their stands against gun control after school shootings in their states, Barton remained steadfast Thursday. "I'm certainly upset that this happened in my district," he said in an interview.
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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 16, 1999 | STEPHANIE SIMON JOHN BECKHAM and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As scores of teenagers sang out prayers, a gunman opened fire Wednesday evening in a Baptist church here, fatally wounding at least seven people and injuring seven more before killing himself. Shot after shot echoed through the crowded chapel of the Wedgwood Baptist Church. Worshipers, thinking at first that it must be a prank, kept on singing. But when they realized what was happening, they dived to the floor and scrunched under pews, terrified and silent as the gunfire continued.
NEWS
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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