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Texas Church Breaks Ground on New Building After Massacre

The ceremony came six months after the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history

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    Sutherland Springs Church Begins to Rebuild

    The Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church broke ground on a new church site on Saturday, six months after a shooter entered their service and killed 27 people inside. The new church site will seat 250 people and is expected to be completed Spring 2019. Church officials said the old church will be used as a memorial to honor the lives lost in the shooting. (Published Monday, May 7, 2018)

    A new church has broken ground in the Texas town of Sutherland Springs six months after a gunman killed more than two dozen people during a Sunday service.

    Sherri Pomeroy of First Baptist Church says Saturday's groundbreaking was held on the six-month anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history to "celebrate the lives that our friends and family lived."

    Pomeroy's husband is the pastor of the church where Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire. Their 14-year-old daughter was among those killed. Authorities put the official death toll at 26 because one of the 25 people killed was pregnant.

    The San Antonio Express-News reports that community members reiterated during the weekend ceremony that no victims' funds would be used for construction of the new $3 million church. You can view plans of the new church by clicking here.