A Texas pastor has revealed that his 14-year-old daughter was among the victims in Sunday’s horrific mass shooting that took place in a Sutherland Springs church, ABC News reports.
Frank Pomeroy, who is a pastor at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, spoke to ABC News by phone and said that his daughter, Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, “was one very beautiful special child.”
The pastor happened to be in Oklahoma at the time of the shooting, which killed at least 27 and injured dozens more.
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He also told reporters that several of the other victims were close friends.
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, the suspect has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley.
“My heart is broken,” Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. said, noting that the death count will probably rise. “We never think where it can happen, and it does happen. It doesn’t matter where you’re at. In a small community, real quiet and everything, and look at this, what can happen.”
One witness described the shooter as using a semi-automatic rifle of some sort, though that has yet to be confirmed through official channels. It has also not been revealed if the suspect died by suicide or if he was killed by police.
Families in tears wait to see if their family and friends are safe. Praying for the safety of all those involved. pic.twitter.com/yjzK7lZJ1S
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Some survivors were airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center. In addition to 14-year-old Pomeroy, one confirmed victim is a 2-year-old, though the toddler’s condition is currently unknown.
This is a developing story. Check back with CrimeOnline for more information as it becomes available.
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