Southern Baptist Convention offers to shoulder expenses for Texas church shooting victims' funerals

The Southern Baptist Convention has offered to shoulder the funeral costs for the 26 worshippers who were killed when a gunman opened fire in the middle of the Sunday service of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

(REUTERS / Jonathan Bachman)Mourners embrace at a memorial in memory of the victims killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. November 8, 2017.

In a statement on the SBC mission board's website, director of disaster relief Scottie Stice announced that they have instructed chaplains to attend to the needs of the families impacted by the Texas church shooting. Other donors have also followed suit and have offered assistance to the grieving community, NBC News detailed.

"It's a pretty somber place today," said Stice. "We've got chaplains at the church responding to the needs of the community and the families impacted by the senseless slaughter."

Aside from that, Wilson County District Attorney Audrey Louis announced that the Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund will donate $6,500 to each victim as part of the assistance for funeral costs. She added that a company has also pledged to donate all their caskets to the shooting victims.

In response to the flood of assistance from the community, FBC Pastor Frank Pomeroy's wife Sherri said her husband was working with the attorney general's office to ensure that all donations were not compromised.

On Nov. 8, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attended a community gathering at Floresville High School in Texas to talk with law enforcers as well as visit the people affected by the church shooting. He said the Americans were all praying for the local community and that they will continue to stay united through these difficult times, Fox News reported.

Pence also said President Donald Trump had asked him to visit Texas to show solidarity with the people there. During a prayer meeting at FBC, he promised the people that they will never leave them.