For the first time since Devin Patrick Kelley gunned down 26 people in a South Texas church Sunday, Michael Kelley has spoken publicly about his son.

In an interview with ABC, the father of the shooter said his family was hurting.

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"We are grieving, our family is grieving," he said. "I don't want our lives, our grandchildren's lives, destroyed by this media circus."

Devin Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 20 more at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs after an apparent domestic dispute with his in-laws, investigators say.

Kelsey Bradshaw is a digital reporter for mySA.com. Read more of her stories here.| kbradshaw@express-news.net | Twitter: @kbrad5