Saratoga Springs woman among injured in Texas church shooting

November 08, 2017 12:38 AM

The pain of the Texas church massacre has touched the Capital Region.

A woman from Saratoga Springs was visiting her cousin in Sutherland Springs and was among those injured in the shooting. Her cousin was killed. 

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Long before Olive Town Justice Timothy Cox lived in Ulster County, he attended First Baptist Church in Ballston Spa - where much of his family lived. 

"We were all regulars at the First Baptist Church. There in Ballston Spa my parents and sister still remain members," explained Cox.

He was shocked to learn some of them were involved in Sunday's deadly shooting massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

Inside of First Baptist Church when gunman Devin Kelly opened fire, Cox's cousin, Tara McNulty and her two kids. 

Cox says McNulty was killed while McNulty's two children survived.

Cox says his other cousin, Margaret McKenzie of Saratoga Springs, was visiting Sutherland Springs and was also inside the church during the shooting. She also survived.

"All three we're injured in the attack," explained Cox. "Their injuries were consistent with how everybody else was injured in that attack."

"She's such a sweet delight. Everybody in the building loves her. She is such a good person. I feel sad that she went all the way to Texas and had to witness that trauma," noted Deborah Stewart, who lives in the same Saratoga Springs apartment building as McKenzie.

She can't believe this shooting massacre hit so close to home.

"I felt like it can happen to anybody today," noted McKenzie.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Tara McNulty.


WNYT Staff

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