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In Sad News: Texas Pastor Attacked And Fatally Beaten To Death With Guitar In His Church

October 30th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It was just last week that a former employee of Creflo Dollar’s World Changers Church International in Georgia went into a morning prayer service and proceeded to shoot the leader, Greg McDowell, to death in front of church members. Less than a week later, Rev. Danny Kirk Sr., head of the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church in a suburb in Fort Worth, was attacked in that church by a crazed man wielding a guitar.

On Monday, a man (whose name hasn’t been released as of yet) drove his car into a side wall of the church, proceeded to run after Reverend Kirk, who was in the parking lot, chased him into the church, and beat him to death with an electric guitar. According to the Associated Press, while the secretary hid for her life and called police, Reverend Kirk fought back against his attacker as much as possible. And when police finally arrived on the scene, they found the suspect beating him with the electric guitar and proceeded to use a taser to subdue him. Kirk had was dead by that time and another church worker was hurt while trying to help Reverend Kirk fend off his attacker. After being taken in custody, the suspect was later found unresponsive. Interestingly enough, the suspect was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead upon arrival. Authorities aren’t sure if the beating he might have received while attacking Reverend Kirk was trying to defend himself played a part in his sudden death, but according to the AP, an autopsy is being done to determine his cause of death. Investigators are trying to figure out what the motive was for the attack, and if the reverend and the suspect even knew each other at all.

Those who are part of the congregation, which is around 800 people, are in mourning over the loss of their beloved Reverend. Kirk was known for his kind heart and love of volunteering at hospitals and schools. As one churchgoer, Montonya McNeil, put it, “He really was concerned about our souls. You looked forward to being here. … I’m not asking God why, because I know where he (Kirk) is, but we won’t get those big bear hugs and those great sermons anymore.”

Such a sad occurrence, and unfortunately, Kirk can’t get the real justice he deserves since the suspect is dead. However, in such a time, it’s best for those at Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church to remain confident in their faith, and as McNeil noted, know that Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. is in a better place.

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