One of the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting victims was the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter
Our hearts broke when we first heard about the Sutherland Springs Church shooting in Texas. Though the shooter has already been identified as Devin Kelley, his victims are only just starting to be named. And one of those victims was the 14-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor. So far, the mass shooting in Texas has claimed at least 28 lives, with 20 more wounded. According to the Associated Press, the victims range in age between 5 years old and 72.
Politicians and celebrities alike have spoken out in wake of the shooting in Sutherland Springs. They’ve sent thoughts and prayers and demands for gun control. But the most heartbreaking words so far have come from the family members of those affected by the shooting, including the pastor of First Baptist Church and his wife. Frank Pomeroy and his wife Sherri Pomeroy have both separately made statements since the shooting this afternoon. They revealed in conversations with the Associated Press and ABC News that their daughter Annabelle was one of the many killed. “[She] was one very beautiful, special child,” her father told ABC News. Annabelle’s mother, Sherri, echoed those sentiments.
"We lost our 14 year old daughter today and many friends, she wrote in a text message. “Neither of us have made it back into town yet to personally see the devastation... [I am] trying to get home as soon as I can."
Other family members of victims from the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting have also come forward.
Congregant Nick Uhlig wasn’t in this morning’s service, but his cousin, a mother of three who was pregnant with her fourth child, was also killed in the shooting.
As we learn more about those who lost their lives in this senseless act of violence, we can only hope that we remember their names, not the name of the man who took them.