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First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs to Be Demolished, Rebuilt

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs to Be Demolished, Rebuilt
First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs (Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 November 2017 07:27 PM

The Baptist church in a small Texas town where a gunman massacred 26 people in a shooting rampage will be razed to make way for a new house of worship, officials said.

Frank Page, president and CEO of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Steve Gaines, the SBC’s president, said they made the decision to demolish First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a meeting Tuesday with Frank Pomeroy, its pastor, Religion News Service reported.

“They did say, ‘We can’t go back in there,’” Page told RNS, referring to Pomeroy’s remaining church members. “It’s going to be a reminder of the horrific violence against innocent people.”

Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri, were not at the church Sunday when Devin Kelley went on a shooting rampage. The couple’s 14-year-old adopted daughter, Annabelle, was killed in the rampage.

Page told the outlet an anonymous donor agreed to fund the construction of a new church.

And the convention’s North American Mission Board has offered to pay for all of the funerals, though Texas’ Crime Victims’ Compensation program would have done so, RNS reported.

“We’re going to take care of our own people,” Page told RNS.

Kelley fired hundreds of bullets into the church walls, and Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt Jr. described the scene as one of “blood everywhere,” RNS reported.

“You wouldn’t think they’d want to relive that,” Sutherland Springs resident Andy Wyatt, who built themed vacation Bible study sets for children at First Baptist Church but wasn’t a member, told RNS.

“They deserve something bigger and better. You want to start fresh, anew.”

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