The suspect in the unfortunate Lakewood Church shooting Sunday (Feb. 11th) afternoon has now been identified by authorities as 36-year-old Genesse Ivonne Moreno.
Authorities claim that Moreno had a history of mental illness (including being placed under emergency detention in 2016), went by both male and female aliases and previously took medicine for schizophrenia (APNews.com).
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She reportedly entered the church shortly before 2 p.m. wearing a trench coat and backpack and opened fire. She was shot and killed by two off-duty security guards of the church.
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In an official statement roughly one day after the shooting, Pastors Joel Osteen and Victoria Osteen (in part) wrote:
“Dear Beloved Lakewood Church & Iglesia Family,
We write to you with a heavy heart, deeply saddened by the events that unfolded within our church and community yesterday. We are grieving with you over this tragedy. May the healing hands of God even now begin to touch the lives of everyone involved and provide comfort for those in need… even in the midst of such an act of darkness, I am inspired by the strength and resilience of our church family and those serving in our church. I also want to express my profound gratitude for the swift response of our security and law enforcement teams…Remember that evil may cast a temporary shadow but it will never extinguish the light of God’s amazing love. In moments of uncertainty and pain, it is our faith that sustains us, guiding us and illuminating the path toward healing and hope. Together, as a united church family, God will cause us to rise…”
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