Pastor’s teenage daughter killed in mass church shooting

Annabelle Pomeroy was one of the victims killed in the Sutherland Springs shooting.
Annabelle Pomeroy was one of the victims killed in the Sutherland Springs shooting.

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN/AP) — Even though her father was out of town over the weekend, Annabelle Pomeroy was still in the seats at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs where her dad is the pastor.

Annabelle’s mother, Sherri Pomeroy, says it gives her “a sliver of encouragement” that their 14-year-old daughter was surrounded by her church family when she died in the shooting.

Sherri Pomeroy says Annabelle was with “the church family that she loved fiercely and vice versa.”

Pastor Frank Pomeroy and Sherri Pomeroy were out of town when the gunman opened fire Sunday at their church.

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Sherri Pomeroy said, “Our church was not comprised of members or parishioners. We were a very close family.” She added: “Now most of our church family is gone.”

She said that her daughter, who she called Belle, would have struggled to deal with losing so many people.

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