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Ground-Breaking for New Sutherland Springs Church Takes Place 6 Months After Mass Shooting

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Breaking ground six months after the deadliest mass shooting in a place of worship in the history of Texas, a new church is about to be built in Sutherland Springs. A half-year following the death of over two dozen of its parishioners, the First Baptist Church’s groundbreaking ceremony took place on Saturday, May 5. Sherri Pomeroy, the wife of the pastor and mother of one of the victims, explained that the event was being held on that date to commemorate and celebrate the lives their family and friends had lived.

Authorities stated that the death toll from Devin Patrick Kelley’s shooting spree at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was 25. However, one of the parishioners was pregnant at the time, so the official count is 26. The Pomeroys’ daughter, among those who were killed, was just 14 years old.

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Sutherland Springs community members have confirmed to local media that none of the victims’ funds were being used for the construction of the new church, which has a design/development price tag of $3 million. Plans for the new worship center together with its education building (phase 1) are available for viewing at the link provided here, along with renderings for proposed future phases.