Judge speaks after identifying victims following Sutherland Springs shooting
Judge Sheryl Sachtleben volunteered for an important job on Sunday, identifying the victims of the Sutherland Springs shooting.
The Guadalupe County justice of the peace was running a bingo game, raising money for her after-school program in Seguin when she heard what happened.
“The guy announced, 'Oh, you know, so far 27 people,'” Judge Sachtleben said. “I looked at my husband I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ He said, ‘What are you thinking?’ [I said], 'I think [I should] go.”
Judge Sachtleben has been the Justice of the Peace in Guadalupe County's second precinct for the past seven years. Part of her job is to identify the dead.
First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs isn't her county but she still drove to the church for help. There were 24 people dead inside, and they needed to be identified.
“For some reason, I just pictured one judge with all that going on,” she said. “We had the job to do, and we needed to get on it. You couldn’t associate with the face or the age or the husband and wife, or when you write the last name eight times, you realize it’s an entire family.”
She hasn't talked much about Sunday. On Thursday, she called her mom.
“What do you say? I don’t know,” she said.
She’s avoided the news this week, because she’s already seen so much.
“To actually have to read, see, or understand that horror, that somebody’s child felt, I can’t do it. I don’t want to do it, I don’t want to know," she said. "I know we showed up and took care of them, like we would want somebody to do for us.”