A Fort Worth, TX pastor was killed after a man rammed into his church then preceded to chase him with an electric guitar and beat him to death with it.
The Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. is being mourned today as many in his congregation are remembering the pastor as a loving man who greeted everyone walking into his Texas church on Sundays with a big hug and an “I love you.”
As reported by the Associated Press:
Police in the Fort Worth suburb of Forest Hill said Kirk was killed Monday by a man who rammed a car into a wall at his Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church, then chased Kirk and fatally beat him with an electric guitar.
Investigators said they don’t know the motive or if Kirk knew his attacker, who police subdued by using a taser but who died after being taken into custody. His name hasn’t been released.
Forest Hill Police Chief Dan Dennis said the suspect drove his car into a church wall before noon Monday, apparently on purpose. The suspect got out of the car and began to attack the pastor in the parking lot before chasing him into the church, while the secretary hid and called 911, Dennis said.
Upon arrival police found the suspect assaulting Kirk with an electric guitar from inside the church. An officer used a taser on the suspect, handcuffed him and put him in the back of a patrol car.
Dennis said the suspect was found unresponsive shortly after being detained and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Kirk fought back during the attack, Dennis said, but it’s unclear if that played any role in the suspect’s death. An autopsy was being performed on the suspect to determine the cause of death.