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SPRING, TX- The suspect in the Texas shooting that killed six people, four of them children, appeared before a judge for the first time Friday, when he suddenly collapsed.

This is vigils for the victims continue from Texas to Utah.

A bizarre scene in a Texas courtroom Friday as the suspect in this week's shooting rampage that killed six people, collapsed and had to be wheeled out.

It was the first court appearance for Ron Lee Haskell, since being accused of shooting Stephen and Katie Stay, and four children, execution style.

Haskell's attorney Doug Durham, a former prosecutor, says his client is mentally ill.

"There's all sorts of reasons become psychotic from trauma in the battlefield to trauma in an emotional situation where you lose a loved one. I think the evidence will ultimately show Mr. Haskell suffered from mental illness not treated properly," said Durham.

Assistant district attorney Tammy Thomas dismissed that claim.

"Determination involved and effort and planning and the conscious decisions that were made," said Thomas.

Meanwhile, the effects of the shooting are being felt as far as Utah, where Haskell and his ex-wife once lived.

People in Logan honored the victims with a candlelight vigil.

"I think there's a lot of people around here who are saying that to themselves all the time, you know, what if it had been here, what if it had been me? But we can't live like that," said Nancy Kippen a family friend from Utah.

Police in Utah say Haskell was arrested for domestic violence there in 2008.

But even they didn't see this coming.

15-year-old Cassidy Stay is the lone survivor of the shooting.

She was released from the hospital Friday, and is expected to make a full recovery.

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