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Victims of Texas church shooting with Pittsburgh ties get military funeral in San Antonio

Matthew Santoni
| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 5:06 p.m.
Karen Marshall, 59, and Scott Marshall, 58, of La Vernia, Tex. were among 26 killed at the First Baptist Church Sunday, Nov. 5 in Sutherland Springs. Scott, a Beaver County native, had just driven Karen back from her posting at Andrews AFB in Maryland; Sunday was the first time they worshiped at the church.
Karen Marshall, 59, and Scott Marshall, 58, of La Vernia, Tex. were among 26 killed at the First Baptist Church Sunday, Nov. 5 in Sutherland Springs. Scott, a Beaver County native, had just driven Karen back from her posting at Andrews AFB in Maryland; Sunday was the first time they worshiped at the church.

A Beaver County native killed in the Texas church massacre received a military funeral service Thursday, and his wife, who had been preparing to retire from the Air National Guard, was posthumously promoted, Air Force officials said.

R. Scott Marshall, who grew up in Hopewell and has family still living in the area, and his wife, Karen, were among the 26 victims in the Nov. 5 massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. The couple had just reunited in La Vernia, Texas, after Karen finished a posting at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. They were trying First Baptist in their search for a new church.

More than 500 people attended the military funeral for the Marshalls, which was held in an auditorium and simulcast to Andrews, Martin said. There was a 21-gun salute and flag presentation ceremony for the Marshalls' three children.

Scott was an Air Force retiree and civilian mechanic working at Randolph Air Force Base, according to Randy Martin, spokesman for the 12th Flying Training Wing there. Karen was posthumously promoted to senior master sergeant, he said.

At the family's request, attendance was limited to family and members of the units the Marshalls had served with.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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