You can’t blame the pastor of the Church that saw a massacre barely a week ago for wanting his church to be torn down after the shooting deaths of 26 of his attendees.
And it will happen. Now, an unknown donor will be paying for an entirely new building for them.
However, there are plenty more expenses that they need help with and if you’re willing you can lend a hand.
Mercury One, a fund set up by Glenn Beck for the victims of Sutherland Springs will send 100 percent of the money raised to the relief effort. The North American Mission Board set up a fund to help rebuild Sutherland Springs.
The gunman killed 25 people — authorities put the number at 26 because one was pregnant — and wounded about 20 others. The gunman died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being shot and chased by two men who heard gunfire from the church.
Investigators have said the shooting appeared to stem from a domestic dispute involving the attacker, Devin Patrick Kelley, and his mother-in-law, who sometimes attended services at the church but wasn’t there the day of the shooting. Kelley had a history of domestic violence: He was given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force after pleading guilty to assaulting his first wife and stepson.
Oldham told the Associated Press that the building is “too stark of a reminder” of the mass killings that took place in the small town of about 600 near San Antonio.
What’s being done until the church can be torn down?
Workers replaced the front doors, repaired bullet holes and painted the outside of the church Thursday. Then a black tarp was wrapped around the portable chainlink fence that now surrounds the property.
Who’s helping the victims’ families with funeral costs?