Sutherland Springs Pastor Who Lost His Daughter Tearfully Pleads ‘Don’t Forget’

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The pastor of First Baptist Church and his wife spoke out about losing their daughter and half of their church family in the Sutherland Springs shooting.

Frank Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri, urged America “please don’t forget Sutherland Springs” as they spoke Monday of the pain of losing their adopted 14-year-old daughter in the worst church shooting in U.S. history. Frank, who was out of town when the shooting occurred, described his daughter Annabelle as a “special child” and said of losing her “I don’t understand, but I know my God does,” according to Christian Today.

Sherri told reporters tearfully that she was at least encouraged by the fact that Annabelle died surrounded by loving family, and that terrible as it was to lose her, it was better that she was in heaven than that she have to deal with the grief left to those who survived.

“We lost more than Belle yesterday. And one thing that gives me a sliver of encouragement is that Belle was surrounded yesterday by her family that she loved fiercely,” Sherri said. “We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together, and we worshiped together. Now most of our church family is gone, our building is 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.”

Annabelle is also survived by her uncle, Scott Pomeroy, who eulogized the 26 victims of the shooter in a Facebook post.

“Heaven truly gained a real beautiful angel this morning along with many more,” Scott wrote, adding that those who died “have taken their last breath of dirty air and took their first breath of heavenly air with new bodies with no pain and suffering.”

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