Church to be demolished, business owner raising funds to rebuild
The pastor of First Baptist Church says he plans on demolishing the building where a gunman killed 25 people and an unborn child.
Frank Pomeroy, who lost his 14-year-old daughter in the shooting, says too many people don't want to return to the building.
He plans to hold a service Sunday at a local community center.
Meanwhile, a roofing company in San Antonio is leading the charge to rebuild.
Four days after the massacre at the First Baptist Church, the scene in Sutherland Springs is starting to thin out.
“The shock is starting to wear off," said Marylea De Anda, who has lived in Sutherland Springs for 16 years.
The number of investigators and media crews are dwindling as the town tries to get back to a normal routine.
“Everyone is dealing with it in their own special way,” said De Anda.
Plans are already in motion for the church building itself.
The pastor says the church will be demolished because it would be too painful to continue using it as a place of worship.
“We're trying to raise $2.5 million to rebuild the church," said Brad Beldon, CEO of the Beldon Group Companies.
Beldon set up a non-profit after visiting Sutherland Springs and hopes to raise the money in 30 days.
Beldon says several people from the church have already reached out to him.
“Overjoyed and thank you and thank you and thank you,” said Beldon, describing what the reaction of the church members. “And I said, ‘Don't think us until we deliver.’ but we will deliver."
De Anda doesn't know when things will return to normal, but says the town will lean on their faith until it does
Details of when the church building will be demolished were not released