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  • CORRECTS EMILY'S LAST NAME TO HILL FROM HOLCOMBE - Vice President Mike Pence hugs Evelyn Hill at Florseville High School during a stop, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Floresville, Texas. A man opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing and wounding many; Hill was in the church during the shooting but escaped. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a prayer vigil for the victims of the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church shooting Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Floresville, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than two dozen and injuring others. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

  • CORRECTS EMILY'S LAST NAME TO HILL FROM HOLCOMBE - Vice President Mike Pence hugs Evelyn Hill at Florseville High School during a stop, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Floresville, Texas. A man opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing and wounding many; Hill was in the church during the shooting but escaped. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Vice President Mike Pence hugs Pastor Frank Pomeroy outside the Sutherland Spring Baptist Church during a stop, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing and wounding many. Pomeroy's daughter was killed in the shooting. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Second Lady Karen Pence, center, hugs Sherri Pomeroy as her husband, Pastor Frank Pomeroy, stands at right, outside the Sutherland Spring Baptist Church during a stop, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing and wounding many. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, shakes hands with Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a prayer vigil for the victims of the shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church, held at the Floresville High School Football Stadium, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Floresville, Texas. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Thursday, November 09, 2017 12:30 pm

Church where massacre occurred to be demolished

 

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas -- The pastor of a small-town Texas church that was the site of a massacre plans to demolish the building.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention that it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs as a place of worship.

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

The spokesman, Sing Oldham, said Pomeroy expressed hope he could turn the site into a memorial for the more than two dozen people who were killed last Sunday and build a new church on property the church owns.