Texas Senator John Cornyn was among hundreds of people who gathered at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs service Sunday. One week after a gunmen opened fire inside the church killing 26 people.
The service was held in a tent fit for 450 seats at a baseball field on 5th and 11th street.
People sang, cried and held on to one another in prayer.
Prayer is what brought Sutherland Springs resident Holly Norris to Sunday’s service.
"Being able to see the support from the community, the support from San Antonio, the support from people all over coming together to give,” Norris said. “It's just been wonderful to see people, hugging praying for one another that this is the reality of a kingdom of God."
Pastor Frank Pomeroy asked the public to lean on faith he said “love never fails” and choked back tears as he spoke about his own loss, his 14 year-old daughter who was among the 26 who died.
Senator Cornyn spoke of Pomeroy’s strength. "It's remarkable but a testament to their faith and their compassion for others during this difficult time," Cornyn said. "The statement I hear most often is we need to do something but here that something is pretty clear we need to fix that broken background check system."
The suspected gunmen Devin Kelley had a history of domestic violence and the Air Force failed to turn over his conviction to federal data bases.
Passing the background check allowed Kelley to purchase multiple guns.
Senator Cornyn said he is introducing bi-partisan legislation Monday requiring the federal government to uphold conviction information. "The statement I hear most often is we need to do something but here that something is pretty clear we need to fix that broken background check system," said Cornyn.