As details continue to emerge surrounding the horrific mass shooting at a Texas church on Sunday that claimed 26 lives and left scores of parishioners injured, it has been revealed that the church building itself might be beyond repair.
Shooter Devin Kelley reportedly unloaded 450 rounds, emptying 15 rounds of ammunition at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, inflicting unimaginable carnage and leaving a community in shock, as CNN reported.
Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, read a statement on Monday that addressed the church shooting as well as the loss of her own 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle.
Among Sherri Pomeroy’s comments, she said that the church building might be totally beyond repair and added that she doesn’t believe her daughter would have been able to handle the immense loss that unfolded.
“Our church was not comprised of members or parishioners. We were a very close family. We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together, and we worshipped together,” Pomeroy said in a statement on Monday. “Now most of our church family is gone, our building is probably beyond repair.”
She continued, “And the few of us that are left behind lost tragically yesterday. As senseless as this tragedy was, our sweet Belle would not have been able to deal with losing so much family yesterday.”
NPR described the church as a “modest white building” and a focal point for church fellowship in the small-town community. Let’s continue to pray for those impacted.