Sutherland Springs tragedy hits Seguin; Fundraisers, GoFundMe accounts established to help local victims, their families
Posted on 11/8/2017 9:41:00 AM.

(Seguin) -- Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Sutherland Springs continues to bring to light more victims with ties to Seguin. One of those victims was killed. The other is still fighting for his life at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. A total of 26 people died after a man opened fire during the Sunday service in the small church.
 
Killed in the massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs was Tara McNulty. Seguin Resident David Colbath is also undergoing treatment after being shot multiple times.
 
McNulty for the last few months worked as a bartender at the Aumont Saloon in Seguin. Kevin Koenen, who operates the downtown tavern on North Austin Street, says McNulty was more than just a dedicated employee, she was a sweet, loved and cherished friend.
 
"Tara had two kids that were pretty much her life. She did everything and anything she could for the kids and both of them were shot also but they actually pulled through. Her youngest boy James is actually I think scheduled for surgery to get his elbow reconstructed to get plates put in where he doesn't have bone anymore from the gun shot. He was also shot through both his legs. One gun shot went through both his legs. It didn't hit any bone, but it did a lot of muscle damage and stuff. Her older daughter Haley, I think she just turned 15 or is about to turn 15 got shot in the back and also in the leg. She's in a lot of pain, but she's doing good. I don't think they had any more surgeries left for her. Tara was -- she's just a wonderful person. She always happy, always up beat, always punctual, always cared about what everybody else wanted. She never worried about herself," said Koenen.
 
Koenen says upon hearing the news, he began planning a fundraiser for this Sunday at the saloon located in the historic Aumont Hotel. He says business and individual contributions are helping to pull the event together.
 
"We've got like 12 bands that are going to play outside of the Aumont in our parking lot. We've got a silent auction that we're setting up. We've gotten some amazing gifts donated. We got two or three barbecue pits, custom barbecue pits that have been made, stuff from our beer distributors and a lot of local businesses have donated a bunch of stuff. Kolbe Flowers just donated a casket spray for Tara. Palmer Mortuary just actually offered to do her funeral and everything for free, but we're doing a barbecue plate sale. We're going to have brisket and chicken with beans and the pickles and onions and bread and stuff. Those are going to be $10. We're going to be selling from noon until 10. Tyson donated all the chicken and we've had individuals donate all the brisket. McQueeney Plastics is donating all the to-go containers," said Koenen.
 
Koenen says McNulty had also recently signed up to spend even more time in Seguin thanks to a new full-time day job. He says McNulty's heart was double in size and was always ready to help others.
 
"It's definitely not something you want to have to do. At first, I was real hesitant because her mom's up at the hospital with the kids. So I haven't really been able to talk to her much about it. I didn't want to step on toes, but I also knew that Tara did not have insurance. She had just finally actually just started her regular job. She just started a week ago, Monday at Texas Built Homes here in Seguin. She had just gotten an office manager position over there. So she had just started a regular day time job again. So she doesn't have insurance or anything yet. The kids didn't have insurance. So it's definitely not something that anybody would ever want to do, not just myself. I just decided I was going to move forward with it because the kids are going to need it more than anything. I figured people would step up and help with the funeral and stuff like that, but there's just so much that those kids are going to have to go through and endure. It'd be nice to make it a little bit easier on them," said Koenen.
 
A GoFundMe account has also been established for David Colbath of Seguin. Colbath survived the tragedy but not before being shot five times. Establishing the fund is Dustin Seidel of Seidel Construction in New Braunfels.
 
Seidel says fellow employees wanted to help raise money to not only show their love and support for their friend but to also help alleviate the financial stress and burdens now placed on his family.
 
"He is one of my sub-contractors. I'm a general contractor in New Braunfels. He's one of my subs. He does a lot of welding and intense work for us. A lot of my employees here just really want to do something for him to help out. My guys work with him on a daily basis and they think a lot of him and that's why they came to me right away and said hey we got to do something for David. We really think a lot of him and do anything and everything we can to help," said Seidel.

Seidel says Colbath deserves all the support he can get during these trying times.
 
"He's just a good guy, a hard worker. Obviously he's going to have a long road of recovery ahead and lots of challenges and we just want to do everything we can to help him out in that tough time. Help him and his family out," said Seidel.
 
Colbath's friends and family members say his condition is serious and will definitely call for serious recovery.
 
Those wishing to support Colbath and/or McNulty's children are invited donate on their respective pages at GoFundMe.com.
 
As initially reported, a teenager from Seguin also lost her life during the Sunday service. Annabelle Pomeroy was the 14-year old daughter of Frank Pomeroy, who is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. The Pomeroy family lives in Seguin. Frank and his wife, Sherry, were both out of town, and where not on hand for the service Sunday morning. 
Annabelle was a Seguin ISD student and attended A.J. Briesemeister Middle School.
 
Prayer vigils continue for all those affected. Last night, a group gathered in La Vernia. Today, the churches and pastors of the Gambrell Baptist Association, which First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs is affiliated with, will host a community wide prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.  in the Floresville High School Football Stadium. A Healing and Hope: Prayers for the Sutherland Springs tragedy is also scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in downtown Seguin.





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