City of Joaquin Unites Following Friday's Terrifying Experience - April 30, 2012
Composed by J.J. Ford
Last Friday, fear gripped the town of Joaquin after Bobby Grubbs, accompanied by his wife Deedra Grubbs, allegedly shot three people at the Joaquin Country Inn. The couple was already on the run after a home invasion and brutal beating of a women in the Woodlands.
According to local officials, Martha Acevedo-Chan, a housekeeper, lost her life. Sam Watts, a maintenance worker, was shot in the head and in the shoulder and is in stable condition at LSU hospital in Shreveport, LA. The third gunshot victim, Marilyn Retamar, another housekeeper at the Country Inn, is out of the hospital after being treated for a bullet graze to the head. All three victims not only worked in Joaquin but lived there as well.
Acevedo-Chan was the mother of six children who are now coping and devastated by their loss. Watts, a former employee of the City of Joaquin, is known and respected by many. Retamar is a mother whose son has promised to love and cherish her more after this tragic experience.
The community of Joaquin joined together in a prayer vigil Sunday, April 29th at 7:30pm at Joaquin Town Square. Not only friends and family members of those affected attended but also many members of the community came to lift up in prayer all those touched by the terrifying experience.
Bro. Paul Silvey, pastor of First Baptist Church of Joaquin, thanked everyone for coming and gave family members an opportunity to speak. Jaey Retamar, a student at Joaquin ISD and the son of Marilyn Retamar, gave his testimony.
Jaey Retamar said, "What I realized is that out of every situation in life; there is a lesson to be learned. God does things for purposes; He doesn't do them by mistake." Jaey Retamar continued to say how the situation has brought him and his mother closer together.
Mayor Mike Woods then spoke a few words followed by a nephew of Sam Watts. Many pastors of area churches came forward to pray for the family of Acevedo-Chan, for Watts and Retamar's recovery, and for the community.
One pastor's words were: "So many times we see tragedy happen before us on the television screen. Many times maybe they don't really seem real to us but they have been made very real to us in the last few days... I pray that we will respond to this tragedy in a way that will bring honor and glory to you."
The Grubbs are currently in custody in the Montgomery County Jail. They were arrested Friday, April 27th, five and a half hours after the shooting.
Area pastors gather to pray for the victims and their families.
People attending the Prayer Vigil at Joaquin Town Square.