Pastor: First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs to be demolished

Site may be turned into memorial; new church to be built on another property

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Law enforcement outside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, after a shooting on Nov. 5, 2017.

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas - The pastor of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs plans to demolish the building.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention that it would be too painful to continue using the building as a place of worship following the shooting that killed 26 parishioners and left 30 injured. 

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Southern Baptist Convention spokesman Sing Oldham said Pomeroy discussed the plan this week with the denomination's top executives, who had traveled to the community in a show of support.

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Oldham said Pomeroy expressed hope he could turn the site into a memorial and build a new church on property the church owns.

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