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Tragedy Strikes Family On Wedding Week With AM-Cafeteria Massacre, Bjt

October 17, 1991

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) _ A gunman who opened fire in a Luby’s Cafeteria and killed 22 people turned one family’s joyous wedding week into tragedy.

Venice Ellen Henehan, 70, was killed and her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Steven Ernst, were wounded by George Hennard’s spray of bullets Wednesday.

The three, along with Mrs. Henehan’s 75-year-old husband, Bernard T. Henehan, were on their way to Houston for the wedding Saturday of the Ernsts’ daughter, Amy, 27.

″It’s horrible for me to expect to get married, to expect to have the most wonderful week of my life and have it be the most horrible week of my life,″ said Ms. Ernst.

Ms. Ernst, a commercial loan officer in Houston, had planned to marry Dr. Todd Lanier, a 30-year-old radiology resident at Baylor Medical Center. They postponed their plans.

Ms. Ernst, who came to Killeen as soon as she heard about the shootings, described her grandmother as a loving woman who enjoyed arts and crafts and regularly went to Catholic church.

The Henehans lived near Metz, Mo., where they had moved after retiring to help Mrs. Henehan’s parents, who have since died. Last weekend, the family threw a surprise 70th birthday party for Mrs. Henehan.

Mrs. Henehan raised four boys and a girl.

″She stayed at home and raised the kids and was a good mother and neighbor and friend to everybody,″ said Dan Henehan, 40, one of her sons who lives near Kansas City, Mo. ″Mom will just be truly remembered as one of the truly nice folks that you meet going through life.″

Mrs. Henehan met her husband at art school at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. They married, and Bernard Henehan entered the military and became a dental technician. He later became a plumber.

″They both were very artistic and talented and do a lot of painting and craft type work,″ Dan Henehan said. ″A lot of times for Christmas, we have gifts that they made.″

Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Henehan were pending.

Steven Ernst, who was a retired Army officer and had gotten into the real estate business, was hospitalized in guarded condition with a wound to the abdomen, a spokesman at Darnall Army Community Hospital said. Judy Ernst was shot in the arm and was in fair condition.

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