NYSPA's Forensic Division gala

november 18, 2017

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violence in Places of worship
NYSPA Past-President, Roy Aranda, PsyD, JD

The ink on my paper has barely dried and already another mass tragedy, another mass shooting has rocked the nation and claimed the lives of 26 and injured at least 20 more in a church in Texas:

Twenty-six people are confirmed dead in what is now being called the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history after a gunman opened fire at a Baptist church Sunday afternoon.

At least 20 others were injured in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs outside San Antonio, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Commander Freeman Martin said. They range in age from 5 to 72 years and are being treated at several San Antonio area hospitals for minor and critical injuries, Freeman said.

Preliminary info about the shooter, Devin Kelley:

Officials said Kelley lived in a suburb of San Antonio. Authorities are investigating Kelley’s social media posts possibly made in the days prior to the attack on the church, including one that appeared to feature a weapon. He does not appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups. Authorities said it was unclear whether he was part of any militia groups.

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Members in the News

NYSPA past-president Dr. Roy Aranda has received the Hispanic Healthcare Advocate of the Year Award for 2017.

His association with NYSPA was prominently promoted.

The event was hosted by the Honorable Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves at the Nassau County Legislature and was held at the Peter J. Schmitt Legislative Chamber.

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