Clare County community of Harrison mourns local victims of Texas church shooting

HARRISON (WJRT) (11/06/2017) - A Clare County community is mourning the loss of a couple born and raised there who died in the Texas church shooting.

Robert and Shani Corrigan, who both graduated from Harrison High School, were among the 26 confirmed dead in the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Spring, Texas, on Sunday.

On Monday, the Harrison community came together to mourn the couple, who still have a lot of family in the area.

Jeanne Corrigan, who is Robert's mother and Shani's mother-in-law, recalled the tense moments waiting for word on the couple after reports of the mass shooting were broadcast nationwide.

"We couldn't stand waiting," Jeanne Corrigan said. "We heard on the news that the wounded had been transported to several hospitals in San Antonio."

Family members in Michigan quickly starting making calls to the hospitals as soon as they saw it on the news.

"My oldest son, he contacted the hospitals and they reported that there was nobody named Bobby and Shani Corrigan, so we knew," said Jeanne Corrigan.

Robert was well-known around Harrison after holding a Harrison High School track and field record until 2010. He went on to serve a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force before retiring recently.

"He was beautiful and he was full of happiness," Jeanne Corrigan said. "And Shani was also a wonderful person, a wonderful daughter in law, a wonderful mother."

Many of those friends and family members attended a vigil at Veterans Freedom Park in Harrison on Monday evening to honor Bobby's 30 years in the Air Force.

Jeanne Corrigan said she is a woman of faith and will rely on that faith to get her through this heart-wrenching time.

"My sympathies go out all you people from Sutherland Springs," she said. "God bless ya'll."

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