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Church pastor beaten to death with electric guitar by man who rammed car into church

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A North Texas congregation is reeling after an attacker rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor, and beat him to death with an electric guitar. Police told reporters they didn't know why the unidentified suspect attacked Rev. Danny Kirk Sr., founding pastor of the Greater Sweethome MIssionary Baptist Church.

A North Texas congregation is reeling after an attacker rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor, and beat him to death with an electric guitar.

Police told reporters they didn't know why the unidentified suspect attacked Rev. Danny Kirk Sr., founding pastor of the Greater Sweethome MIssionary Baptist Church.

In a harrowing 911 call an unidentified church secretary said that some staff tried to fight him off but that  Kirk was in desperate need of an ambulance.

Baptist Church

Horror: A member of the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church in Forest Hill, Texas, reacts in terror to pastor Kirk's murder

'My pastor's bleeding, he's been attacked,' the worker tells dispatchers while locked in her office.'I'm not going out there. I need real help fast. Send policeman. I do need an ambulance also.

 

'Does your pastor know him?' the dispatcher asked.

'I have no idea.'

Texas Rangers

Seeking answers: The Forest Hill Police still don't know why the unidentified assailant attacked pastor Kirk

 

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The flock: Hundreds of members of Kirk's congregation gathered to mourn the founder of their church

The unidentified assailant apparently drove his car into the church wall on purpose shortly before noon.

He then began to attack Kirk in the parking lot before chasing him into the church, according to Forest Hill Police Chief Dan Dennis.

When police arrived they found the suspect striking Kirk with an electric guitar they believe was already in the church.

When police arrived they had to use a Taser to subdue the man, handcuffed him, and locked him in their patrol car.

Sadly it was too late for Kirk who had already died.

Church members

Shocked: Church members wept in stunned sorrow at the murder of a pastor they described as a cheerful man given to bear hugs

A maintenance worker who tried to help Kirk was also injured and taken to an area hospital but his condition is unknown.

The assailant himself  was found unresponsive shortly after being taken into custody and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Dennis told reporters police did not yet know if the suspect knew Kirk, attended the church, or what his motives were for attacking the pastor.

For hours after the shocking attack hundreds gathered outside the church, gathering around the crime-scene tape wrapped around a small statue of Jesus near the wrecked car.

Sweethome Church

Home sweet home: Kirk started the church in a strip mall before growing it to hundreds of members and building the red brick church

Many mourned Kirk as a dedicated minister with a cheerful personality who knew the names of each of his hundreds of church members.

'He really was concerned about our souls,' recalled Montoya McNeil, a member for eight years. 'You looked forward to being here... I'm not asking God why, because I know where he is, but we won't get those big bear hugs and those great sermons anymore.'

Kirk started the congregation years ago in a strip mall before growing the ranks so large he needed to build a red-brick church.

He was also an unofficial volunteer chaplain who occasionally counseled members of the local high school football team.

'Our hearts are heavy right now,' said Reginald Wilson, an associate minister at the church. 

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Comment by Carolyn Gomez on November 5, 2012 at 4:29pm

my eyes are filled with water I can't believe this one bit! what is thissssssssssss.....jesus!!!!!

Comment by barbara glover on November 5, 2012 at 11:20am

i ran out of words this is so sick

Comment by Slimthang on November 5, 2012 at 10:45am

I am just baffled at this story....what in the world is wrong with people today? where did all the love go? No one cares about anyone anymore a senseless murder right in the sanctuary of God...may his soul R.I.P....smh

Comment by Jacqueline Reid on November 1, 2012 at 5:37pm
As always Barbara, but god did not leave this world without a witness...and it shall be. God be with u always love
Comment by barbara glover on November 1, 2012 at 3:25pm

so much sick people in this world and it is not going to stop until god come for this sinful world god bless u too jacqueline my dear have a good day peace and love my sis

Comment by Jacqueline Reid on November 1, 2012 at 3:19pm
Barbara, god bless u girl, no one cares about nothing anymore. I have never seen a man of the cloth attacked, bloody shame, what is this world coming to, and what are they teaching our kids, my five years old autistic son heard me reading aloud, he said "mom, that is a bad man, why he did that" I told him I dont know but god will take care of it..SMH
Comment by barbara glover on November 1, 2012 at 12:45pm

amen praise god

Comment by lynz on November 1, 2012 at 12:38pm
What ever the reason for this cold blooded murder, leave all judgement's to God!! Only He knows the truth!! I pray for every & anyone affected by this loss!!
Father God I give u all the praise, because u are worthy! I put my faith & trust in u only!!
Comment by barbara glover on November 1, 2012 at 8:28am

the sick mind of these people next time god going to send fire and burn up wicked people

Comment by carolyn johnson on November 1, 2012 at 8:09am

HOW THE HELL YOU KILL A MAN BECAUSE YOU WAS IN THE WRONGE THE LAW HAS GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY CAN JUST TAKE A PERSON LIFE  AND DO 2 YEARS IN JAIL AND GET OUT LIFE DONT MEAN S*** TO THE KILLER , I SAY LETS START KILLING THE KILLERS DAMIT

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