Frank and Sherri Pomeroy, the couple who pastor the Texas church where 26 people were killed, are speaking out after the violence. The shooting not only touched their congregation but also reached into their family, reported Yahoo.
“We had a long night with our children and grandbabies we have left,” said Frank Pomeroy at the beginning of the press conference where his wife spoke about the devastation.
Sherri Pomeroy gave a tearful statement about the shooting. She described how it feels to lose her daughter and to lose churchgoers who she considered family.
The Texas shooting by Devin Patrick Kelley is one of the worst mass shootings in United States history—and comes only a month after the worst shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas. The Sutherland Springs shooting is the worst ever carried out on a house of worship.
Frank and Sherri Pomeroy’s 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, among Kelley’s victims, along with 25 others and at least 20 injured. Frank, the First Baptist Church pastor, and his wife Sherri were out of town during the attack.
“Frank and I want to say thank you to all the outpouring of love for our family from family friends and complete strangers,” said Sherri Pomeroy. “I especially wanted to say thank you to American Airlines who took great care of me all the way from Florida and my angel flight buddy Chris, wherever you are.”
Pomeroy also shared that the media has been bombarding the couple with requests to speak about their daughter. Pomeroy says that while the tragedy has hit their family hard, she doesn’t want Annabelle’s death to overshadow all the other lives lost.
“[H]owever as much tragedy as that entails for our family, we don’t want to overshadow the other lives lost yesterday,” she said.
She continued, “We lost more than Belle yesterday…One thing that gives me a sliver of encouragement is the fact that Belle was surrounded yesterday by her church family that she loved fiercely, and vice-versa.”
The couple says they mourn all those lost because they were just like a family: “Our church was not comprised of members or parishioners, we were a very close family. We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together and worshipped together.”
The pastor and his wife haven’t just lost a daughter, they’ve lost a huge chunk of their family. They also have a church building that, she says, is beyond repair.
“Now most of our church family is gone, our building probably beyond repair and the few of us that are left behind lost tragically yesterday. As senseless as this tragedy was, our sweet Belle would not have been able to deal with losing so much family yesterday. Please don’t forget Sutherland Springs. Thank you.”
First Baptist Church is located in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.
Please listen to Sherri’s pleas for prayers. This tiny town has been gravely impacted by the loss. A look into the shooter's past seems to indicate a domestic motive.