Sutherland Springs church to demolish sanctuary where 26 people were shot
The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, which saw a shooter enter its sanctuary in 2017 and kill 26 people, has decided to demolish the building where the tragedy occurred.
At a business meeting held on Sunday after worship, members of the congregation voted demolish their former sanctuary, which had been converted into a memorial for the victims.
The church has not released a statement explaining the reasoning for the vote, but according to news station KTSA in San Antonio, the building was considered structurally unsafe.
During the worship service just before the meeting, former associate pastor Mark Collins preached the sermon, discussing how the practices of the early church are remembered, even though their physical buildings have long been lost.