Texas shooting: Church in Sutherland Springs Will Be Demolished

  November 14, 2017

By Ryan Berlin

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The Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services, early this month, will be demolished, the pastor said, according to a report on CBS News.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter was among the victims, told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this week that it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church as a place of worship.

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The pastor described the building as "too stark of a reminder" of the massacre, spokesman Sing Oldham said.

Oldham said Pomeroy was considering building a memorial garden in its place.

Other sites of mass shootings have been torn down, including Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in December 2012. A new school was built elsewhere.

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A one-room Amish schoolhouse near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was torn down in 2006, 10 days after an assailant took children hostage and shot and killed five girls ages 6 to 13.

The previous site of the school is now a pasture. A nearly identical schoolhouse with a security fence was erected nearby and named New Hope School.

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This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions, ryan.berlin@tradepressmedia.com.


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