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Ailing Husband Mourns Teacher Killed in Santa Fe School Shooting

"I don't think I deserved her," William Tisdale said

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    Santa Fe Mourners Endure Grief

    Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first services since a gunman blasted his way into the high school and killed 10 people, with one pastor lamenting the grief "that none of us can comprehend." (Published Sunday, May 20, 2018)

    Cynthia Tisdale was married to William Recie Tisdale Sr. for 47 years, until she was cut down by a trenchcoat-clad gunman at Santa Fe High School Friday, NBC News reported.

    A full-time substitute teacher and a server at an Olive Garden, Cynthia Tisdale was working two jobs to help her family make ends meet after her husband's diagnosis of an incurable lung disease nearly a year ago.

    "I don't think I deserved her," William Tisdale said Monday, choking back tears. "But she was always there — through everything."

    They had three children and 11 grandchildren, including three from her stepdaughter, whom she considered her own.

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