The families of victims of the Christmas Day shooting at a Texas church in the U.S. state of Texas are rallying in support of their faith.
The families of those killed at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, a small Christian congregation, have issued a statement saying the shooting is “not a reflection on all of us, but rather on the people we have lost and the people who are mourning.”
The statement comes days after the church was the site of a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 dead and 53 injured.
The statement also includes a pledge from the church to defend its beliefs, including its stance against same-sex marriage.
“The church will continue to live its faith and teach its doctrines of love, justice, and righteousness as it has been taught throughout its history,” the statement reads.
“As we all come together in support, faith, and love, we will remain vigilant for those who would harm our families and our communities.”
It is the latest in a string of mass shootings at churches that have claimed the lives of dozens of people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.