The U.S government Air Force have been forced to pay roughly $230 million to the survivors of the 2017 tragic mass shooting at a Texas church and family members of the victims.
District U.S Court Jude Xavier Rodriguez ruled Monday that the government owed around 80 claimants a little over $230 million after having previously concluded that the Air Force was partially responsible for the shooting by failing to properly act on Kelley’s history of mental health issues.
Former U.S Air Force airman Devin Patrick Kelley, on November 5 2017, entered First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and killed 26 people, including the pastor’s daughter.
Quoted by Reuters, Rodriguez concluded: “The losses and pain these families have experienced is immeasurable.”
Last July, Rodriguez ruled that he considered the Air Force 60% responsible for the shooting, concluding that the military branch failed to submit Kelley’s domestic violence charges in a federal database, an oversight that allowed him to purchase firearms that he would have been otherwise prohibited from owning.
In addition to the 26 people killed at the church, Kelley also wounded around 20 others before he was shot by neighbor and NRA instructor Stephen Willeford.
Kelley fled the church, being pursued by Willieford in his vehicle, with Kelley eventually crashing his car into a ditch.
Kelley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Although Kelley had a history of anti-religious posts on social media, authorities suggest that his main motive was to kill his ex-wife’s family, who regularly attended the church.