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Two additional families who lost loved ones in the Sutherland Springs massacre last year are suing the U.S. Air Force for negligence, doubling the number of legal challenges the government is facing over the mass shooting.

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The military will now count domestic violence as a separate crime in the hopes of avoiding another tragedy like the shooting last November in Sutherland Springsaccording to Military Times.

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Amid the ongoing national conversation around domestic violence and sexual assault, lawmakers are pushing the Department of Defense to better define domestic violence as a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to both punish abuse within the ranks and prevent future tragedies like the one that struck the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017.

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A married couple who met more than 30 years ago while serving together in the Air Force were among the 26 people killed when former airman Devin Patrick Kelley open fired at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Nov. 5.

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The U.S. Air Force failed to report the Texas church gunman’s 2012 domestic violence court-martial to the FBI, which wrongly allowed him to pass background checks to buy guns, officials said Monday.

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Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Corrigan and his wife Shani were shot and killed when former airman Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. They were just two of the 26 parishioners murdered and 20 others wounded by Kelley before he died of a gunshot in a high-speed chase with two bystanders. But Corrigan, 51, wasn’t just another innocent victim caught in the deadliest mass shooting in state history; he was everything that Kelly was not.

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