The man that opened fire in a Texas church also killed his grandmother-in-law during the shooting.
A family member disclosed the death to the New York Times. Lula Woicinski White was 71-years-old and a devout member of the church where she was killed.
The victim’s sister, Mary Mishler Clyburn, shared her grief with the press:
My sister was a wonderful, caring person…a God-loving person. She loved the people in her church. They were all her best friends.
I miss her badly already. We texted every day. We loved each other to the moon and back…
The whole family is very devastated. This is not something we ever expected. It’s just, I don’t know how to put it into words. They’re hurting a lot. The whole family is hurting a lot. I don’t know where we’re going from here. We’re going to have to take one day at a time…
White is the grandmother of the shooter’s second wife, Danielle. At the moment, White’s relationship to the shooter remains vague.
I’m not at liberty to give any information. You would have to speak with Michelle about that. They spoke with authorities. All of it is under investigation.
Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety says this was a domestic issue. On Monday, he said, “There was a domestic situation going on with the family and in-laws.”
Before the chaos ensued, the shooter had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law. At the time, the in-laws were not at church, but it remains unclear if they were targets.
Kelley died shortly after murdering 26 people ranging in ages from 77 years to 18 months.
The community has banded together in the wake of tragedy.
More from Clyburn:
My sister knew God, and I know that’s where she went. That’s giving me strength…
I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. Everyone came out. The whole community came out and had food and water for us, plugs to charge our cell phones. We had the Red Cross, the Salvation Army. We had ministers from all over. Everyone was just wonderful, with everybody trying to console one another.
May Mrs. White and all of the victims rest in peace.