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Whatever Happened To… Youth Pastor Shot

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Three years ago a youth pastor standing in front of a group of teenagers at a church in Garland was shot by a young man who was angry that his mother made him go to church. FOX 4's Heather Hays has an update on the story.

On a Friday night in September 2010, police said 20-year-old Josue Pablo of Mesquite walked into the Walnut Park Asemblea de Dios Church with a gun and aimed for the youth pastor's head.

"He came in there yelling God does not exist and that the kids were phony fakes," said Sr. Pastor Mauricio Elizondo.

Police said Eddi Contreras put his hands up as he was shot. He was hit in the arm, hand and face.

The teenager also pointed the gun at his mother, who went with him to the church, but did not pull the trigger. Instead, he ran and thankfully no one else was hurt.

Sunday services went on while Contreras recovered from an eight and a half hour surgery. Pablo was captured and charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Today Contreras is back in church, still preaching.

"I refuse to harbor any resentment towards anybody that's affected our church! We will love, we will stretch our arms, we will forgive, we will restore, we will bless," he said. "We do not hold vengeance or resentment towards you. We will forgive; we do forgive in Jesus' name."

Pablo was found guilty. He will be eligible for parole in 2018.

Do you have a story you've been wondering about? Call Heather Hays at 214-720-3195 or e-mail her at whatever@kdfwfox4.com.

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