Five Year Old Boy Lost His Mother And Two Sisters In The Church Massacre In Texas, He Was Also Shot Twice And Is Now Fighting For His Life In The Hospital

By Walid Shoebat

A five year old boy who was shot twice in the Texas church massacre has survived, though he his now fighting for his life in the hospital. This is after his mother and sister were murdered. As we read in one report from the Christian Post on this tragic story:

A 5-year-old boy who lost his mother and two of his sisters in the massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left 26 people dead and 20 others injured is fighting to stay alive after he was found among the pews suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on Sunday.

The boy, Ryland Ward, was shot in his stomach, groin and arm, his uncle Michael Ward told The Dallas Morning News. His mother, Joann Ward, and sisters Brooke Ward, 5, and Emily Garza, 7, did not survive. Another sibling, Rihanna, survived after a bullet ripped her glasses from her face.

On Sunday, shooting suspect Devin Kelley, 26, began firing at the church shortly after the 11 a.m. service began, officials told The New York Times. He was armed with a Ruger military-style rifle and in his minutes-long assault on the church everyone inside was either dead or wounded.

Ryland’s aunt, Leslie Ward, who lives just a few blocks from the church, said she and her husband Michael, whose brother Chris is Ryland’s father, were busy getting ready for a yard sale when they heard shots firing.

“Bam bam bam bam!” the shots came so fast, Leslie told The Dallas Morning News.

They quickly learned that there was a shooter inside the church and Michael immediately went to alert his brother who was taking a nap after working the night shift. Chris was a little bit angry and confused when Michael woke him up and told him what happened at first but once everything registered he ran barefoot from his house toward the church.

Leslie Ward told The New York Daily News that when she got to the church she found Ryland and his mom lying among the pews of the church.

“I found my nephew in the front, in pain,” she said. “It was bad. There was just dead bodies everywhere. It wasn’t what I wanted to see but at the time, I wasn’t worried about it. I was worried about finding my family.”

She said she held the boy and comforted him until help arrived.

Michael told The Dallas Morning News that Ryland was awake but wasn’t talking when a helicopter took him to University Hospital in San Antonio.

“It’s unreal at first,” he said, recalling the scene. “The church of all places.”

Heather Bradley, a cousin of the boy’s family from San Saba, Texas, revealed in a GoFundMe campaign seeking to raise $100,000 to help pay for his medical bills, says the 5 year old is now on a long journey to recovery.

“Right now he is in critical condition on a breathing tube looking to make it but going to be long journey. He was shot 5 times once in the elbow, twice in the stomach, and twice in the leg. He is 5 years old with a big heart for his other siblings, friends, and family,” she wrote on Sunday.

Nearly $50,000 of the fundraising goal had been raised as of Tuesday morning as the campaign went viral and donors reacted to the tragedy that has befallen Ryland and his family.

“Words cannot express my sadness for this little boy. I’ve never met him, probably never will. But as a fellow American, as a fellow human being, I cry for him today as if he were my family,” campaign donor Logan Thoreau wrote early Tuesday.

PLEASE SEND A DONATION TO THE GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN FOR THIS BOY

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  • filomena seiffert

    It is happening to many times in USA. What is wrong with those people? maybe the social environment is toxic. All the toys, games, drugs, immoral aberrations are not satisfying them any more. Without God everything is useless.

    • Gloria Patri

      I wonder too. People here are now so self righteous and self centered, they think scorched earth when they don’t get their way because they are their own god.

      It’s too terrible to even put into words this poor little boys suffering. All we can do is pray and give money to help him now. As a whole we Christians need to be a bright light in this dark world, I am afraid we are not doing a good enough job of that in society today.

      • filomena seiffert

        The rosary is the weapon that can defeat satan but few people pray it. We are seeing a lack of reverence and respect in churches but it is not only in USA. In 2011 I lived in Brasil for 4 months, my country of birth, and noticed the same thing there.The protestants sects invaded that country reducing the number of Catholics to 65% FROM 98%. In Anguera, BA, Our Lady is appearing to Pedro Regis, she warned the danger of the sects but it did not stop the demons from all protestants sects from demolishing the faith of many Catholics which was already plagued by the demonic of umbanda, candoble’, kardecism and many other names of demons. The protestants are demonizing the Cathoowlic Church, calling Our Lady prostitute and breaking the images of the saints and convince the simple faith Catholics they are going to hell with Catholicism. Most the Catholics faith are very simple, they do not use to read the bible. The protestants exploit the people to give to them even the money to pay bills and eat. Our lady has appeared to 3 protestants pastors, in different times, and changed them, Now they are fervent defenders of the Catholic Church and spreading devotion to Our Lady, but still a vast number untouched. Sin spread like fire. Last month a daycare guard set many children on fire inside the day care, 13 have died. Evil is dominating humanity. We can see the words of Jesus coming alive: many called, few are chosen, or will I find faith when I return?

        • Gloria Patri

          I am sorry this is happening in Brasil too, and to hear about the unbelievable evil that would set children on fire at a daycare, so heartbreaking! Yes, prayer is our most effective weapon. We must all be praying at all times. I wonder how any real Christian could call Christ’s mother a prostitute? Lord have mercy.

          • filomena seiffert

            Protestants are not Christians, they are deceivers.

          • Elias

            They believe they are true Christians yes they are deceiving people but because they too are deceived… Sad

          • filomena seiffert

            Indeed but many know they are there just for money, to get a good salary and collection from the lost sheep. There many millionaires and some billionaires just by seducing the people to think they are giving to God. I rather have the sell of indulgences because if it were the order of the pope would be acceptable for Jesus told Peter whatsoever you bind on earth will be bond in heaven, whatsoever you loose on earth will be loosened in heaven. This is the greatest power a human can have and only the pope have it. I am quite sure the pope can expel satan from Vatican by this power given by Jesus Christ. If he consecrate Russia would mean expelling the demons that torment that country, and it could be done to all nations and the devil would not have any ground it could walk.

        • jimmy

          Amen filomena your post is spot on and I agree completely, indeed the rosary is the weapon that can defeat Satan. More needs to pray it. What awful things are happening in this wicked cruel world we live in just one heartbreaking story after another, whole families getting shot up in churches, sick evil people going into elementary Schools just to kill children, Satanism, millions of babies being aborted like it’s nothing, gay marriage, constant mockery and blasphemies against the holy Spirit, Lord have mercy hell must be empty right now.

          Btw do you have any links on these three stories? “Our lady has appeared to 3 protestants pastors, in different times, and changed them, Now they are fervent defenders of the Catholic Church and spreading devotion to Our Lady”

          I would love to read them stories like that always lifts me up in these miserable time’s I was actually reading this story about our Lady saving a prisoner and the prisoner helped to lead another prisoner to our Lady which I found amazing, the second prisoner in this story that’s full of hatred arrogance and blasphemies makes me think of the state of the world and like the prisoner it’s going to take a miracle to save it from hell. https://www.americaneedsfatima.org/Conversions/conversion-on-death-row.html

          • filomena seiffert

            Hi Jimmy, I find the ex protestants by writing conversion of ex protestant pastor plus the name on google. If you want to find them do the same, they are given details of their conversion through the appearance of Mary to them. Here is the names of 3 of them; Sidney Veiga, Sergio Salles, Alberto Maria. I just type conversion of ex protestant pastor sidney veiga and it will show him speaking but, it is in Portuguese,however google can translate, not accurate but you can have an idea. You can type also apparitions of Mary to ex pastor….

          • jimmy

            Thanks for the info I will definitely take a look into when time permits.

          • filomena seiffert

            I was very unhappy with the taking of protestantism in Brazil but I have found stories of many ex protestants converted and witnessing how they come to know the Catholic Church is the true one. The proliferation of small church of the protestant sects is definitive of the all hell is poured upon the earth. The faith in Brasil is just faith not knowledge, a very easy catch for the demonic plague. We are living in a time that more knowledge is needed of our beloved church and scripture to cat the old lies protestants say about Jesus Church. Imagine a pastor who could not read correctly, was in adultery with his friend/neighbor wife because the word adu’ltera he understood the bible was telling him to commit adultery. The reporter who interviewed him clarified it to him. It so easy to open a church there, only takes 30 days to register. I is not only the protestant sects the african cults like macumba, candoble and others. The sect of Alan Kardec which preach reincarnation and the summoning of the dead is widely practiced. Lets ask Our Lady to bring back the people for her son, she is appearing to some people over there for many years

          • jimmy

            You’re so right filomena they lack knowledge, they’re so entrenched in error I believe it’s going to take our Lady to finally get their attention and bring back the lost for her son.

      • filomena seiffert

        The rosary is the weapon that can defeat satan but few people pray it. We are seeing a lack of reverence and respect in churches but it is not only in USA. In 2011 I lived in Brasil for 4 months, my country of birth, and noticed the same thing there.The protestants sects invaded that country reducing the number of Catholics to 65% FROM 98%. In Anguera, BA, Our Lady is appearing to Pedro Regis, she warned the danger of the sects but it did not stop the demons from all protestants sects from demolishing the faith of many Catholics which was already plagued by the demonic of umbanda, candoble’, kardecism and many other names of demons. The protestants are demonizing the Cathoowlic Church, calling Our Lady prostitute and breaking the images of the saints and convince the simple faith Catholics they are going to hell with Catholicism. Most the Catholics faith are very simple, they do not use to read the bible. The protestants exploit the people to give to them even the money to pay bills and eat. Our lady has appeared to 3 protestants pastors, in different times, and changed them, Now they are fervent defenders of the Catholic Church and spreading devotion to Our Lady, but still a vast number untouched. Sin spread like fire. Last month a daycare guard set many children on fire inside the day care, 13 have died. Evil is dominating humanity. We can

  • Paul Doyle

    So, so sad. Arm yourselves, people. Be ready at all times.

  • Diana

    What a contrast between evil and good. It could not be any clearer.

    Along with the Las Vagus shooting, and we have to recognize that a vicious murdering spirit is now loosed on America. Churches across the nation must take steps to protect the people attending services. A mass shooting at a church was unheard of years back, but now with the spiritual state of America it is a reality.
    There were many stories of sacrifice in that little Church that day. We need to give to the fund because many of our brothers and sisters in Christ need us now