14-year-old daughter of pastor among victims in Texas church shooting, father says

PHOTO: Annabelle Pomeroy, 14, was killed during a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Her father, Frank Pmeroy is the pastor, but was not there at the time of the shooting.PlayCourtesy Sherri Pomeroy
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A 14-year-old daughter of the pastor of a Baptist church in rural Texas was among those killed in a mass shooting at the church Sunday morning, the father told ABC News.

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Annabelle “was one very beautiful, special child,” her father, pastor Frank Pomeroy, said.

The girl, whose full name is Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, was her father's youngest daughter and died along with other church members, according to Frank Pomeroy, who spoke to ABC News.

The pastor said he was in Oklahoma this morning when the shooter opened fire in his church, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

He was driving back Sunday afternoon from Oklahoma to Sutherland Springs, a small community about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio.

All of those killed are close friends of his, Frank Pomeroy said.

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The rest of the victims have not been identified, but she will not be the youngest victim. Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said this afternoon that the victims ranged from 5 years old to 72 years old.

A law enforcement official reports that 26 people are dead and about 20 others were injured.

The fatality count makes it one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.

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