Pastor's daughter laid to rest after church shooting; her biological family speaks out

The tight-knit community of Sutherland Springs mourns the loss of 14-year-old Anabelle Pomeroy, killed during last week's shooting.This afternoon, Anabelle's grandmother reflected on her life.Kens 5 eyewitness news reporter Adi Guajardo shares her stor

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS -

The tight-knit community of Sutherland Springs mourns the loss of 14-year-old Anabelle Pomeroy.

She was killed during last week's deadly church shooting where her adoptive dad was the pastor.

This afternoon, Anabelle's biological grandmother reflected on her life.

"It was like a joyful mood she lifted everybody's spirits," Diana Palacios said.

Palacios said she can still remember holding Annabelle as a toddler.

"She was a happy little girl," Palacios said.

Palacios said Anabelle was adopted around 2 years old by Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife. It was the last time she saw her.

Both of Anabelle's adoptive parents were out of town when the shooter stormed into the church. They didn't speak to media at the funeral service but spoke shortly after the tragedy.

"One thing that gives me a sliver of encouragement is the fact that Bell was surrounded yesterday by her church family that she loved fiercely," her adoptive mom said.

Anabelle was a 7th grader at Briesemeister Middle School in Seguin, and it was her first year at the middle school. 

The life cut short has left her biological family heartbroken.

"We always had her in our hearts," Palacios said.

She said they were waiting until she was old enough to reach out.

"It's really hard because I was hoping to get to know my grandchild." Palacios said.

She never got to meet Anabelle's as she got older buts she says the service made her a proud grandmother.
 

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