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Pastor at Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield reacts to Texas church massacre

Meredith Cooper, of San Antonio, Texas, and her 8-year-old daughter, Heather, visit a memorial of 26 metal crosses near First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Monday Nov. 6, 2017. The gunman of a deadly shooting at the small-town Texas church had a history of domestic violence and sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, a member of First Baptist, before the attack, authorities said Monday. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Eyewitness News spoke with Pastor Roger Spradlin in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting at a church in Texas.

He said he found out about the shooting in between worship on Sunday and had a special moment of prayer for all the families.

"I grew up in a small church, not in Texas, but in western Oklahoma, so I understand that kind of community where people leave their keys in the car, they don't lock the door," Spradlin said, "and so of all the places in America where you think something like this is possible, you wouldn't think of a rural church."

He said a situation like this creates a heightened sense of security but said living in fear is no way to heal.

"God has wired us so that we heal even from horrific events from in our life and that we get past fear, and one of the ways we get past this fear is through faith in God," he said.

Valley Baptist Church has Grief Share for those suffering from a tragedy every Sunday.

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NOTE: The pastor's name was misspelled in the above story, as well as the attached video. His name has been corrected in the text portion of this story, but the video can't be corrected.

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