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War at home: Former Army officer aids Texas massacre victims, seeks God’s healing

The nation’s latest mass shooting claimed eight lives — including three children — at a Dallas-area mall.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

ALLEN, Texas — A female in the bushes still felt warm, but she had no pulse. 

“There was no face,” Steven Spainhouer told The Christian Chronicle, his voice choking with emotion. “There was nothing left.”

Spainhouer — a longtime member of The Branch Church of Christ in the Dallas area — checked another victim, a male, for a pulse.

Again, nothing.

A third victim spit up blood.

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He expired in front of me,” said Spainhouer, 63, a former military officer and policeman who owns a risk management and safety company.

Next he noticed a child, whom he guessed to be about 4, covered in blood from head to toe. He couldn’t tell if the blood was the child’s or a family member’s.

“I couldn’t tell if it was a boy or a girl,” Spainhouer said. “I said, ‘Are you OK?’ He said, ‘Yes, but Mama’s hurt. Mama’s hurt.’

“The first police officer who showed up, I said, ‘Take the child.’ He said, ‘Is he hurt?’ I said, ‘I have no idea. Just take him. I don’t want him to go into shock.’”

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

AP photo by Tony Gutierrez

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